Vide-Ohs: I Fear for the Human Race!

I think most people like challenges, but I also believe one has to be reasonable about the scope of one’s skills and the boundaries set by the universe. Who even knew that the following daredevil activities existed? I think after watching these, one just has to wonder!

Jumping without a parachute or wingsuit out of an airplane from 25,000 feet.


While that video above showed some precautionary arrangements and perhaps much forethought and practice the next video is totally insane.

First off, while some of the drivers in this video are obviously frequent visitors of the Nürburgring, not all of them are pros. Most of these drivers get to enjoy a day on the “Green Hell” during the Touristenfahrten sessions, or “public driving” sessions. In case you didn’t know, the Nürburgring Nordschleife is considered to be a public toll road by the German government. This means that for about $40, any street-legal vehicle in safe condition can take a lap of the famed course. The vast majority of the Nürburgring Nordschleife has no speed limit during these public sessions, so yes, you can go as fast as you want. And that speed plus a wet track can catch even the most seasoned driver off guard. Via


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Video – The Yin and the Yang of Nature’s Struggle

“In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang (also yin-yang or yin yang, 陰陽 yīnyáng “dark—bright”) describes how opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.”


From Near Birth to Death – The Struggle in Nature

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The Meaning of Life in a Paragraph and a Book

I recently read the brainpickings article about the book “When Breath Becomes Air: A Young Neurosurgeon Examines the Meaning of Life as He Faces His Death”

The first paragraph of the article, beneath the quote from the book, is one of the most targeted and poignant statements on the subject of the human condition I have read in a long, long time. It encapsulates the essence of the “meaning of life” for me. It may be that I am more sensitive as I near my seventh decade, but it surely hit home! The section from the review and to which I refer is:

“All life is lived in the shadow of its own finitude, of which we are always aware — an awareness we systematically blunt through the daily distraction of living. But when this FINITUDE is made acutely imminent, one suddenly collides with awareness so acute that it leaves no choice but to Fill the shadow with as much light as a human being can generate — the sort of inner illumination we call meaning: the meaning of life.” [emphasis is mine]

The book has been very well received, but I have ordered it with mixed emotions. I am anticipating powerful insights, inspiration and guidance with the knowledge that I will be emotionally involved and perhaps burdened by the experience.

Visit the website to read the entire review of the book and if you order the book via that site, they receive a small commission.

You can read more about the book, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, at goodreads