Out of Curiosity

wise and foolish virgins


“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11 Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13 Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Matthew 25: 1 – 13

This short animated cartoon adds some very interesting elements to the story.

COUNTDOWN -Session 1

Watch the opening session of the Countdown Global Launch, hosted by Mark Ruffalo and Don Cheadle, featuring Johan Rockström, Angel Hsu, António Guterres, David Lammy, Christiana Figueres and Prince Royce. Don’t know what this is exactly? The first five minutes will give you a clear overview: it definitely has to do with us.

On October 10, 2020, Countdown launched globally. See the talks and performances that were live streamed non-stop on Youtube (6 hours); you can also see this monumental video on the TED website, where it has been divided into shorter separate video clips, classified under 5 headings (Urgency, Leadership, Transformation, Breakthroughs, Actions); you will also find subtitles in different languages as well as transcripts. Curated sessions with more than 50 activists, public figures, scholars, actors, musicians reveal what is currently being done as well as concrete actions we can and must take as a society and as citizens.


Fresh, delicate interpretation of Louis Amstrong’s hit. Tip: Put on some headphones; you’ll feel the nuances of voice and the piano more vividly.