What life’s about

Life isn’t about finding yourself, or finding anything. Life is about creating yourself … and creating things.

Bob Dylan, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story [00:06:11]

I’ve just watched Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Thunder Revue and this quote, from current-day Dylan stuck in my head. I’m sure I’ve read the same sentiment somewhere else recently, but I can’t place it.

The film, available on Netflix, is worth watching both for 1970s Dylan’s performances and current-day Dylan’s commentary.

Echoes through time: life begins anew

Principles can only lose their vitality when the first impressions from which they derive have sunk into extinction; and it is for you to keep fanning these continually into new flame… You have only to see things once more in the light of your first and earlier vision, and life begins anew.

Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (7.2)

Digging Deep – The Robert Plant podcast

Eclecticity Light points us towards this gem…

I’ve only listened to this first episode so far, but it’s thoughtful and engaging.

There are six episodes in the series, each centred on a song (the first is Calling to You from 1993’s Fate of Nations) but ranging far and wide around its topic.

You can find them on YouTube, as above, or on RobertPlant.com.

I’m looking forward to finding time for the rest.

Niall Ferguson on Brexit and Boris

Now that we have Boris and a very clear statement of intent with regard of Brexit, it’s worth listening to this podcast.

From CapX’s Free Exchange, it dates from a couple of weeks ago. Professor Niall Ferguson gives a historian’s view on Europe, Brexit and politics. He also offers a personal perspective on Oxford contemporary Boris Johnson. It’s both thought-provoking and amusing.

A couple of snippets:

I’m not convinced Churchill would have approved of Brexit since it amounts to a leap in the dark to think Britain can simply exit the EU and hope for a bunch of free trade agreements, including with the United States, to turn up – at a time when most of the world is turning away from free trade.

and…

Ultimately you could argue, in that case Brexit doesn’t really matter – and I would say ‘right, exactly right!’. So why waste all this time on a divorce from something that is in the end becoming weaker over time and is almost certain not to become a superstate…We’re divorcing a slowly decomposing spouse.

A good use of 30 minutes.

You can access the podcast, here.