by Gregory David Roberts


Shantaram Ideas

Shantaram Ideas

  • The Big Bang 💥

    The Big Bang expansion happened from a point called a singularity that is almost infinitely dense, and almost infinitely hot, and yet it occupies no space and no time, as we know those things. The point is a boiling cauldron of light energy. Something caused it to expand-we don't know yet what cause

  • AK-47 🔫

    The Russian AK-Avtomat Kalashnikova-was designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov in the 1940s, in response to German armament innovations. Toward the end of the Second World War, German army generals disobeyed the explicit orders of Adolph Hitler and produced an automatic assault rifle. The armaments enginee

  • We're motivated by the drive for...

    Freud said we're motivated by the drive for sex. Adler disagreed, and said that it was the drive for power. Then Victor Frankl, he said sex and power were important drives, but when you can't get either one -no sex and no power- there's still something else that drives us on and keeps us goin': the

  • The measure of the metre 📏

    After the revolution in France, the scientists and government officials decided to put some sense into the system of measuring and weighing things. They introduced a decimal system based on a unit of length that they called the metre, from the Greek word metron, which has the meaning of a measure. 

  • Why we crave love...

    One of the reasons why we crave love, and seek it so desperately, is that love is the only cure for loneliness, and shame, and sorrow. But some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them again. Some truths about yourself are so painful that only shame can help y

  • Pain and suffering

    Pain and suffering are connected, but they are not the same thing. Pain can exist without suffering, and it is also possible to suffer without feeling pain. The difference between them is that what we learn from pain-for example, that fire burns and is dangerous-is always individual, for ourselves a

  • The ocean in us 🌊

    'But in a way you can say that after leaving the sea, after all those millions of years of living inside of the sea, we took the ocean with us. When a woman makes a baby she gives it water, inside her body, to grow in. That water inside her body is almost exactly the same as the water of the sea. It

  • Who runs the world?!

    The world is run by one million evil men, ten million stupid men, and a hundred million cowards. There are only one million of them, the truly evil men, in the whole world. The very rich and the very powerful, whose decisions really count-they only number one million. The stupid men, who number ten

  • The way the universe works 🌌✨

    The history of the universe is a history of motion. The universe, as we know it, in this one of its many lives, began in an expansion that was so big, and so fast that we can talk about it, but we cannot in any truth understand it, or even imagine it. The scientists call this great expansion the Big

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