Andre Lamartin

Words once spoken or written can resonate far beyond the limits of our own personal understanding, affecting the lives of people in distant lands and in distant times. I started this page so that I could share some of what I find meaningful about the human condition. Words and ideas can change the world only by first changing ourselves. Through written self-expression, not only may others come to know us, we may come to know ourselves.

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September 6, 2012

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Every European citizen has a moral obligation to take an interest in the current EU crisis because few seem to grasp what is really at stake. Not since the Great Depression has the developed world witnessed a calamity of this magnitude. In Spain, one in every four workers is unemployed. Following the basic plot structure of Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath", entire families are being uprooted from their homes and forced to seek employment in distant lands. The same story is also being played out in Gr...

August 23, 2012

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This is the paradox of the human condition: all suffering is transient, even if pain is a constant.

O Paradoxo da Condição Humana

Esse é o paradoxo da condição humana: todo sofrimento é passageiro, ainda que a dor seja uma constante.

August 23, 2012

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I took this photo whilst attending law school in London.

June 26, 2012

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Fantine’s memorable solo “I Dreamed a Dream” is my favorite performance in the musical Les Misérables. The character Fantine has been abandoned by the man she once loved, reduced to penury and forced to face life in post-revolutionary France as a single mother who just lost her job at the local factory. Gradually, she comes to accept that many of her childhood dreams will simply never come to pass.

This is a sad song that has no subliminal uplifting message, but conveys a sense of stoicism that is...

May 17, 2012

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“Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at its greatest testing point." - CS Lewis

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear."

- Mark Twain

"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it."

- Charles R. Swindoll

"Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight, For I never saw true beauty till this night." - Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet Act 1, Scene 5

Athlete depicted: Aimee Mullins

May 7, 2012

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I believe that God has dispersed pearls of wisdom all across the universe, sometimes even in the most prosaic of places such as a pop song, a poem or a movie. Lately, due to recent life experiences, I have come to realize that there is an important lesson in the song Fix You, by Coldplay, and I would like to share my thoughts on the subject.

Let us start with the story behind the song. One day, the actress Gwyneth Paltrow arrived home drenched in tears because her father had recently passed away. C...

May 2, 2012

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In 42 BC, Publius Vergilius Maro proposed what, in my opinion, is the most important poetic, philosophical, life affirming, verity of human existence, one that we so often forget amidst the capitalist underpinnings of this world: Amor Vincit Omnia. (Eclogues 10:69)

April 14, 2012

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My brother and I at UFC Rio. The calm before the storm, in more ways than one.

March 10, 2012

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When a movie has something meaningful to say about the human condition and does it in an entertaining way, it transcends its own inherent limitations and becomes a window into a parallel universe populated, not by mere cardboards characters, but by real human beings, with real existential problems, whose actions can help contextualize and illuminate our own personal travails. This is why I love movies.

My mother has a similar appreciation for this art form, but begs to differ on one issue: she beli...

March 10, 2012

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When I was six or seven years old, a friend of my grandfather gave me a poem, which he described as useful guide for moral rectitude. Decades have passed and he is now deceased. As I gained a few inches in height, the falls and tumbles of life became progressively more painful, so much so, that my little scroll became lost in the shuffle. Maybe the time has come to affix it on my wall once more, here it is:

"If

 If you can keep your head when all about you

 Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

 If...

February 16, 2012

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Words once spoken or written can resonate far beyond the limits of our own personal understanding, affecting the lives of people in distant lands and in distant times. What motivated me to start my own Facebook page and use it to share what I believed to be truly meaningful about the human condition was this quote by Martin Luther King Jr, taken from his book A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out...

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is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”
– The Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8.
 
 

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