If it were not for your guests all houses would be graves" - Gibran khalil Gibran

 

One of the most important things in life is hospitality. You will find it in all cultures. Well, other than the western one, but we all know that nobody really takes seriously anymore what the west calls culture.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

    Opinions / Science / Theory of Relative Ignorance  
 

..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

    Art & Culture / Music / Blues / Robert Johnson  

One of the most important things in life is hospitality. You will find it in all cultures. Well, other than the western one, but we all know that nobody really takes seriously anymore what the west calls culture. It is a sad world where you would not even let in your neighbor when he knocks on your door. The fear mongers have won that one. .

Bringing someone into your house is bringing someone into your life, and the gift they bring with them is the obvious joy and friendship, but on a more pragmatic level, another point of view, someone to bounce ideas off, someone that can teach you something, that can help you learn, help you grow, and most of the times without even knowing it, just by being there.
 
The sages said that you should treat any person you meet like an honored guest . The sages said that you should treat the world like you are a guest in it. See how it encompasses everything?

In this section we will host guests from different fields, from different countries, different continents, different cultures. We will have artists, writers, poets, musicians, actors, directors, linguists and you know what, if they behave I might even invite a couple of businessmen.

The only restriction is the number of words.

As these are guests I wouldn’t dream of telling them what to write, and just give a momentary stage. A linguist writing about music or a painter writing about poetry sounds good to me, a different point of view. A fresh outlook.

Stay tuned. It's going to be fun.

 

“In Ireland, you go to someone's house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea.
You say no, thank you, you're really just fine. She asks if you're sure. You say of course you're sure, really, you don't need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don't need a ting.

Well, she says then, I was going to get myself some anyway, so it would be no trouble. Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn't mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it's no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen.

Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both end up in the kitchen drinking tea and chatting.

In America, someone asks you if you want a cup of tea, you say no, and then you don't get any damned tea. ”

- C.E. Murphy, Urban Shaman