“Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world,” wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley in A Defense of Poetry in 1821. A radical, Romantic humanist, Shelley passionately believed that artists of all stripes could inspire the masses to rise up against oppression. When the Chinese government seized artist Ai WeiWei, they acknowledged the power of Ai’s art to “legislate” in a way they seemingly no longer could in the face of the oncoming Jasmine Revolution. The fate of Ai, and that of the Chinese people, now hangs in the balance.” (The Big Think)
– photo of Tate Modern’s fab “Release Ai Weiwei” message (by @robbiesharp) ;
– most of what we do and think and feel is not under our conscious control according to neuroscientists (The Telegraph) ;
– but this picture provides a clue on how to be happy (The Big Picture) ;
– for this six-year old it was becoming Director of Fun at a railway museum (Letter of Note) ;
– for the rest of us it is friends and exercise :
All three researchers concluded that one of the biggest factors in both a happy life and a long life was having strong and healthy social connections. (The Atlantic)
So work out this weekend and then catch up with your friends.