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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sat May 02, 2015 5:18 pm

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"All that exists is just and unjust and equally justified in both." [Aeschylus, Prometheus]

"The history of everyday is constituted by our habits. ... How have you lived today?" [N.]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:37 pm

"If you worship your enemy, you are defeated.
If you adopt your enemy’s religion, you are enslaved.
If you breed with your enemy, you are destroyed." – Polydoros of Sparta

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:49 pm

“Shakespeare show’d the best of his skill in his Mercutio, and he said himself, that he was forc’d to kill him in the third Act, to prevent being killed by him.” -John Dryden
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"In the fourth scene we have Mercutio introduced to us. O! how shall I describe that exquisite ebullience and overflow of youthful life, wafted on over the laughing waves of pleasure and prosperity, as a wanton beauty that distorts the face on which she knows her lover is gazing enraptured, and wrinkles her forehead in the triumph of its smoothness! Wit ever wakeful, fancy busy and procreative as an insect, courage, an easy mind that, without cares of its own, is at once disposed to laugh away those of others, and yet to be interested in them — these and all congenial qualities, melting into the common copula of them all, the man of rank and the gentleman, with all its excellences and all its weaknesses, constitute the character of Mercutio!" -Coleridge: Notes and Lectures upon Shakespeare.
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:31 pm

Snowclones of Clarke's third law:

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"Any sufficiently advanced act of benevolence is indistinguishable from malevolence.

Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice. (Grey's law)

Any sufficiently advanced cluelessness is indistinguishable from malice. (Clark's law)

Any sufficiently advanced troll is indistinguishable from a genuine kook. (Morgan's maxim)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo."

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Fri Jul 31, 2015 9:46 pm



At 8:00 he talks about some word/concept in greek (Aristos-Dias? Aristmos-theas? I don't know Greek) and Egyptian (Aristhmos?) that means, as he says later "What something does is indifferentiate from what it is."

Perhaps Satyr or someone else can help me find out what the word/concept is exactly? I've tried googling it to no avail. It perfectly summarizes what I concluded in my diary about what a human life is: its purpose, its definition, its meaning.
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:07 pm

It's αοριστος δυας {aoristos dyas} ambiguous/indefinite/vague dual/division/divide/path.

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:08 pm

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It's αοριστος δυας {aoristos dyas} ambiguous/indefinite/vague dual/division/divide/path.

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:48 pm

Nietzsche, Friedrich wrote:
Let us look one another in the face. We are Hyperboreans…’ Neither by land nor by sea shalt thou find the road to the Hyperboreans’:  Pindar already knew that of us.  
Beyond the North, beyond the ice, beyond death.

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:42 pm

Dumb ass:   Don't you lecture me, you son of a bitch.
                 You know who you're talking to?
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Aug 31, 2015 4:10 pm

Bono on Bruce Springsteen:

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:44 pm

Rainer Rilke wrote:
Russia became for me the reality and the deep daily realization that reality is something that comes infinitely slowly to those who have patience. Russia is the country where men are solitary, each one with a world within himself, each one profound in his humbleness and without fear of humiliating himself, and because of that truly pious. Here the words of men are only fragile bridges above their real life.
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:48 pm

Ferdinand Mount, The Subversive Family -

Blood is thicker than water. Blood is also stickier; it clots, coagulates, congeals. Water is thin, neutral, constant, ever-flowing; it leaves no stain. Aristotle was the first to criticise the kind of political brotherhood sketched in Plato's Republic as 'watery'.
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As a little sweet wine mingled with a great deal of water is imperceptible in the mixture, so, in this sort of community, the idea of relationship which is based upon these names will be lost; there is no reason why the so-called father should care about the son, or the son about the father, or brothers about one another. Of the two qualities which chiefly inspire regard and affection — that a thing is your own and that you love it — neither can exist in such a state as this.

This objection is often misunderstood (by Bertrand Russell and by Wilson McWilliams, for example). Aristotle is saying not that Plato's ideal state could not generate any kind of affection (though he is sceptical about that too), but rather that such love as it does generate will be of a new, diluted kind and that Plato is being dishonest in giving it the old name.
Dilution is not an unintended defect in the Platonic scheme; it is its essential purpose. In the interests of general political concord Plato aims to destroy the particular private attachments and affections which obtain within the family in order that the love so selfishly concentrated should be spread throughout the community.
Shelley describes the intended process:

Soon as the sound had ceased whose thunder filled
The abysses of the sky and the wide earth,
There was a change: the impalpable thin air
And the all-circling sunlight were transformed,
As if the sense of love dissolved in them
Had folded itself round the spherèd world.

Aristotle says that such a process could not happen, because family love is generated by the social reality of the family. If the family is destroyed, that kind of love ceases to be generated. Perhaps the ideal Republic will generate its own watery kind of of affection, but we must not use the language of the family to describe it. It will be diluted beyond recognition. If you insist on equality, freedom, separation, you must accept the consequences, and recognise that you have created an entirely new world which cannot be kept warm by the old love.

We are getting close here to the cause of the evasiveness which surrounds the idea of brotherhood. It is not that people are reluctant to discuss dilution. On the contrary, dilution is the commonplace of modern Western thought. It is familiar to us as a historical thesis, a therapy, and a political and social programme. But only rarely do its proponents have either the clarity of mind or the courage to accept consequences. Dilution is most generally put forward in the guise of a theory of history. In one form or another, that theory runs: in the old days – variously identified as the Middle Ages, feudalism, pre-industrial or variously pre-capitalist society – society was a network of communities. Despite poverty, disease, oppression, man was essentially at ease with himself, reposing in a kind of hammock of kinship which both protected and defined his identity. This slumbrous security was disturbed by the incursion of a new and irresistible force – variously described as the Reformation, the Calvinist or Puritan ethic, capitalism, technological rationality, the Industrial Revolution. This dry, hard, calculating force destroyed the old sense of community. No longer was man to be defined as the sum of his connections to family, clan, guild and village. He became a naked, calculating, independent, rational, individual atom, shorn of relationship. No longer could he find solace in the warmth and close mesh of his hammock and the protection it afforded him against the cold indifference of the outside world. All at once everywhere was outside him. He was alone, equally separate from all men.

This view is implicit or explicit in Marx, Weber, Tönnies, Tawney, Sombart and a hundred others. Disraeli wrote: 'There is no community in England; there is aggregation, but aggregation under circumstances which make it rather a dissociating than a uniting principle.' D.H. Lawrence echoes this in Lady Chatterley's Lover: 'Even in him [Mellors] there was no fellowship left. It was dead. The fellowship was dead. There was only apartness and hopelessness.' Gemeinschaft gives way to Gesellschaft, community to association. In the words of the Mike Nichols-Elaine May sketch, there is 'proximity but no relating'.
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Tue Oct 06, 2015 8:41 am

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"Just because you got the monkey off of your back, doesn’t mean the circus has left town."

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"All that exists is just and unjust and equally justified in both." [Aeschylus, Prometheus]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Fri Oct 16, 2015 3:40 pm

Stefan Zweig on Rainer Rilke

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... perhaps none lived more gently, more secretly, more invisibly than Rilke. But it was not wilful, nor forced or assumed priestly loneliness such as Stefan George celebrated in Germany; silence seemed to grow around him, wherever he went, wherever he was. Since he avoided every noise, even his own fame — that "sum of all misunderstanding that collects itself about a name," as he once expressed it — the approaching wave of idle curiosity moistened only his name and never his person. It was difficult to reach Rilke. He had no house, no address where one could find him, no home, no steady lodging, no office. He was always on his way through the world, and no one, not even he himself, knew in advance which direction he would take. To his immeasurably sensitive soul, every positive decision, all planning and every announcement were burdensome. It was always by chance that one met him. You stood in an Italian gallery and felt, without being aware whence it came, a gentle, friendly smile. And only then you recognized his blue eyes which, when they looked at you, lit up his otherwise unimpressive countenance with an inner light. But this unimpressiveness was, precisely, the deepest secret of his being. Thousands may have passed by this young man, with his slightly melancholy drooping blond mustache and his somewhat Slavic features, undistinguished by any single trait, without dreaming that this was a poet and one of the greatest of our generation; his individuality, his unusual demeanor were only apparent in a closer association. He had an indescribably gentle way of approaching and talking. When he entered a room where people were gathered together, it was so noiselessly that hardly anyone noticed him. He sat there quietly listening, lifted his head unconsciously when anything seemed to occupy his thoughts, or when he himself began to speak, always without affectation or raised voice. He spoke naturally and simply, like a mother telling a fairy tale to her child, and just as lovingly; it was wonderful how, listening to him, even the most insignificant subject became picturesque and important. But no sooner did he feel that he was the center of attention in a larger circle that he stopped speaking and once again sank down into his silent, attentive listening. Every movement, every gesture was soft; even when he laughed it was no more than a suggestion of a sound. Muted tones were a necessity to him, and nothing annoyed him so much as noise and, in the realm of feeling, all violence. "They exhaust me, these people who spit out their feelings like blood" he once said; "that why I swallow Russians, like liqueur, in small doses." No less than measured conduct, orderliness, cleanliness and quiet were physical necessities; to ride in an overfilled streetcar, or to have to sit in a noisy public place, disturbed him for hours thereafter. All that was vulgar was unbearable to him, and although he lived in restricted circumstances, his clothes always gave evidence of care, cleanliness, and good taste. At the same time they showed thought and poetic imagination; they were a masterpiece of unpretension, always with an unobtrusive personal touch, such as perhaps a thin silver bracelet around his wrist. For his aesthetic sense of perfection and symmetry entered into the most intimate and the most personal details. Once I watched him in his rooms prior to his departure — he declined my help as superfluous — as he was packing his trunk. It was like mosaic work, each individual piece gently put into the carefully reserved space; I would have felt it to be an outrage to disturb this flowerlike arrangement by a helping hand. And his sense of the elements of beauty accompanied him to the most insignificant detail. It was not only that he wrote his manuscripts on the best of paper with his calligraphic round hand so that every line was related to another as if measured with a ruler; the choicest paper was selected, for even an occasional letter, and even, clean and round his calligraphic writing filled the space. Even in the most hurried notes, he did not permit himself to strike out a word and whenever a sentence or an expression did not seem correct, he wrote the letter a second time with his marvelous patience. Rilke never allowed anything to leave his hands that was not perfect.

This muted and yet integrated quality of his being impressed itself upon anyone who came close to him. It was as impossible to think of Rilke being noisy as it was to imagine a man in his presence who did not lose his loudness and arrogance through the vibrations that emanated from Rilke's quietness. For his conduct vibrated like a secret, continuous, purposive, moralizing force. After every fairly long talk with him one was incapable of any vulgarity for hours or even days. On the other hand, of course, this constant temperateness of his nature, this never-wishing-to-give-himself-completely put an early end to any particular cordiality; I believe that few people may boast of having been Rilke's "friends." In the six published volumes of his letters, one rarely finds such form of address, and the brotherly, familiar du was hardly ever applied to anyone after his school days. To permit anyone or anything to approach him too closely burdened his extraordinary sensitivity and everything that was pronouncedly masculine caused him physical discomfort. He gave himself more easily to women in conversation. He wrote often and gladly to them and was much more free in their presence. Perhaps it was the absence of the guttural in their voices that pleased him, for he suffered particularly from unpleasant voices. I can still see him before me in conversation with a high aristocrat, completely bent over, his shoulders tortured and even his eyes cast down, so that they might not betray how much he suffered physically from the gentleman's unpleasant falsetto. But how good to be with him when he was kindly disposed toward someone! Then one sensed his inner goodness — although he remained sparing of words and gestures — like a warm, healing outpouring deep into one's soul.

Shy and retiring, Rilke seemed most receptive in Paris, this heart-warming city, and perhaps it was because here his name and his work were still unknown and because he always felt freer and happier when he was anonymous. I visited him there in two different lodgings which he had rented. Each was simple and without ornament and yet immediately assumed character and calm through his dominant sense of beauty. It was never a huge house with noisy neighbors, rather an old, even though less comfortable, one, in which he could feel at home; and no matter where he was, his sense of orderliness made the place meaningful and harmonized it with his being. There were only a very few things around him, but flowers always shone in a vase or bowl, perhaps the gift of women, perhaps tenderly brought home by himself. Books gleamed from the walls, beautifully bound or carefully jacketed in paper, for he liked books as he liked dumb animals. Pencils and pens lay on the desk in a straight line, and clean sheets of paper perfectly straightened; a Russian icon and a Catholic crucifix, which, I believe, accompanied him on all his travels, gave his working cell a slightly religious character, although his religiousness was not connected with any specific dogma. One felt that everything had been carefully chosen and as carefully preserved. If you lent him a book with which he was unfamiliar, it was returned faultlessly wrapped in tissue paper and tied with colored ribbon like a gift. I can still recall how he brought manuscript of Die Weise von Liebe und Tod into my room as a precious gift. I have kept the ribbon that was around it. But it was nicest to walk with Rilke in Paris, for that meant seeing the most insignificant things with eyes enlightened to their meaning. He noticed every detail, and he liked to repeat aloud the firm names on the signs if they seemed rhythmic to him. It was his passion — almost the only one that I ever observed in him — to know every nook and cranny of this Paris. Once, when we met at the home of mutual friends, I told him that on the day before I had chanced upon the old Barrière where the last victims of the guillotine had been buried in the Cimetière de Picpus, and André Chénier among them. I described to him the affecting little meadow with its scattered graves, rarely seen by strangers, and told him how on the way back I had seen in one of the streets through the open door of a convent a sort of béguine, silently telling her rosary as in a pious dream. It was one of the few times when I saw this gentle composed man almost impatient. He had to see the grave of André Chénier and the convent. Would I take him there? We went the next day. He stood in a sort of entranced silence before the lonesome cemetery and called it "the most lyric in Paris." On our way back the door of the convent was closed. And now I had an opportunity of testing the silent patience which he had mastered in his life no less than in his work. "Let us wait for an opportunity," he said. With head slightly bent, he stood so that he could look through the door when it opened. We waited for perhaps twenty minutes. One of the sisters of the order came down the street and rang the bell. "Now," he whispered softly, with excitement. But the sister had become aware of his silent waiting — I have already said that one sensed everything about him from afar — and came up to him and asked if he was waiting for someone. He smiled at her with his gentle smile that immediately created confidence, and said warmly that he much desired to see the convent corridor. She was sorry, the sister smiled in turn, but she could not let him in. However, I advised him to go to the little house of the gardener next door where he would have a good view from a window in the upper story. And so this too, like so much else, was granted him. Our paths crossed a number of times thereafter, but whenever I think of Rilke, I see him in Paris. He was spared the experience of its saddest hour.

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:08 am

Cioran wrote:
"Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows."

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"All that exists is just and unjust and equally justified in both." [Aeschylus, Prometheus]

"The history of everyday is constituted by our habits. ... How have you lived today?" [N.]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:11 am

Applies most to cAnus here…

Zizek wrote:
"The modern atheist thinks he knows that God is dead; what he doesn’t know is that, unconsciously, he continues to believe in God. What characterizes modernity is no longer the standard figure of the believer who secretly harbors intimate doubts about his belief and engages in transgressive fantasies. What we have today is a subject who presents himself as a tolerant hedonist dedicated to the pursuit of happiness, but whose unconscious is the site of prohibitions—what is repressed are not illicit desires or pleasures, but prohibitions themselves. "If God doesn’t exist, then everything is prohibited” means that the more you perceive yourself as an atheist, the more your unconscious is dominated by prohibitions which sabotage your enjoyment." [God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse]

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"The history of everyday is constituted by our habits. ... How have you lived today?" [N.]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:38 am

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Applies most to cAnus here…

Zizek wrote:
"The modern atheist thinks he knows that God is dead; what he doesn’t know is that, unconsciously, he continues to believe in God. What characterizes modernity is no longer the standard figure of the believer who secretly harbors intimate doubts about his belief and engages in transgressive fantasies. What we have today is a subject who presents himself as a tolerant hedonist dedicated to the pursuit of happiness, but whose unconscious is the site of prohibitions—what is repressed are not illicit desires or pleasures, but prohibitions themselves. "If God doesn’t exist, then everything is prohibited” means that the more you perceive yourself as an atheist, the more your unconscious is dominated by prohibitions which sabotage your enjoyment." [God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse]

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Zizek: If God doesn't exist, everything is prohibited

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:26 pm

David Foster Wallace wrote:
that only we feel the panic at sunset the rookie kindergartner feels at his mother's retreat

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Fri Nov 06, 2015 10:15 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:53 pm

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''We are not for peace but for triumph of truth''.
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:54 pm

"The next battle hymn of the Ukrainian nationalists will be born in a battlefield, not in a music hall..."
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:55 pm

"It is much to be feared that the last word of democracy thus understood (and let me hasten to add that it is susceptible of a different interpretation) would be a form of society in which a degenerate mass would have no thought beyond that of enjoying the ignoble pleasures of the vulgar."

-Benito Mussolini
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:56 pm

"Capitalism shares a major portion of the blame for the rising interracial tensions and rising social disruptions both in America and Western Europe. It is in the interest of big business in Europe and the USA to import the army of cheap labor into Europe and America. As a result local capitalists cut down the wages of their own domestic workers and outsource national wealth to far away countries. Moreover, most immigrant workers, having lower IQ and little interest in historical or racial consciousness of their host countries, can better be manipulated than local workers by the new capitalist and global class. An American contractor, or German stockbroker or an French shareholder of a company in East Europe, could not care less where his home is, and what the racial or ethnic profile of his workers is — as long as he makes profit. We should not feign surprise. The founding father of capitalism, Adam Smith wrote long time ago: “The merchant is not necessarily the citizen of any country.”

Big business and international financial lobbies possess all necessary means to be listened to, either by their governments or by the Commission in Brussels, and are, generally speaking, both in favor of immigration and Europe’s enlargement. Enlargement of the EU facilitates the migration of cheap labor.

Furthermore, immigration is in full accordance with the very spirit of capitalism, which aims at the erasure of borders (“laissez faire, laissez passer “). “The flip side of foreign immigration is price dumping, “low cost” labor market and “low-skilled” workers who function as “jack of all trades not just in the service sector but also in sectors previously reserved for the locals . It should not come as a surprise that there is an emerging Holy Alliance between the capitalist Merchant and the leftist Commissar, between Big Business and the Left. The Left favors mass immigration because immigrants, in its eyes, represent now the substitute symbol of the failed old Marxian proletariat.

If we look at the profile of all European politicians in Brussels but also of those sitting in the White House we can observe that all of them are former either implicit or explicit sympathizers of Marxism who have now recycled themselves into advocates of free market, while retaining their Marxist lifestyles and their leftist mores in other fields of human endeavor, such as culture.

My first conclusion is: If we were to solve successfully non- European immigration and its consequences resulting in hatred and civil wars, we must first demystify the capitalist mystique. Foreign immigration will stop as soon as immigrants realized that permanent economic progress is just another illusion. I will not now talk about the need for state protectionism and the removal of the economy of usury and the fight against interest slavery’ which constitute the main pillars of the System. It is a typical mindset among Liberal free marketers, just like among former communists to argue that there are no alternatives to their systems. Yes there are alternatives, such as Distributism, The nationalization of the banking sectors, etc.

But let us be honest. Christianity is a Universalist religion just like the global gospel of global capitalism. When one listens to Catholic cardinal O’Malley who claims that immigrants are the future of the Church, one does not need to read Marx or listen to the Leftist advocates of multiculturalism.

In conclusion let me state the following:

We must discard the ideology of progress which is inherent to both capitalism and communism. When one wishes to have more goods, one will never have enough of it. That is the reason why ancient European religions continuously warned against the passion for money: Such as in the Gullweig myth in the Norse mythology, or in the old Greek The Myth of Midas. All these were the consequences of the lust for money (the “Rheingold Curse“).

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:58 pm

"Some men are morally opposed to violence.
Hypocritical way, they are protected by men who are not.
Violence per si, is not condemnable; violence can be morally justified.
Abdication of use violence, is also the abdication to survive, or to live free."

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:40 pm

"Pure intellect, indeed, detachment from soul, is the death of Man. Intellect, self-confident and isolated in arrogant complacency, does not ennoble Man. It humiliates him, deprives him of his personality. It kills that loving participation in the life of things and creatures of which the soul, with its emotions and institutions, is capable. Intellect, by itself alone, is dead and also deadly - a principle of disintegration."

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:49 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:19 pm

ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗ ΚΙΤΣΙΚΗ wrote:
The westerners, the Latins, took the Greek word orthologismos [ορθολογισμος] and translated it as rationalism, which is a commercial term, and does not mean the same thing. They lacked the proper word for it.

This reminds me of Heidegger's analysis of the Greek word aletheia [αληθεια], using the Latin veritas, later converted to the English "truth", and in the translation the concept changed meaning.
Modern academics believe they understand Hellenic thought when all they know is how it came to them through the Romans.
Nuances lost, plague us today.

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:10 pm

"She was saved from prettiness by the intensity of her gaze." -Paul Bowles
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Dec 30, 2015 12:49 pm

Benjamin wrote:
"The destructive character lives from the feeling, not that life is worth living, but that suicide is not worth the trouble."

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