When you give politicians the benefit of the doubt they do indeed benefit.
One does not gather arrows when the bow is broke. Perhaps one should.
The medical industrial complex will keep you on the floor instead of under it.
If we put our heads in the clouds, then at least our bodies might be out of the pits of hell. When malevolent forces put them there, they have surely decapitated us.
There is no single place so beautiful that the eyes of the beholder won’t eventually get restless with boredom.
When life opens a new door, many other doors are opened concurrently. The more new doors civilization opens, the more other doors are shut forever.
Money is a proxy by which those who have little of it are enslaved by those who have amassed (and created) lots of it.
There will be no posthumous publications writ large, no histories of our genocides published in the future. The Earth’s story will not be concluded—it will be precluded.
Entrepreneurs and central bankers both know how to make money; one group uses their brains, the other uses a printer.
You cant see the consequences of past bad decisions when you are the consequence. You are the shattering mirror, and yet in your lowest state you are now freer to reflect any new light unforeseen by the breakers.
As we lean towards hell on Earth, the best remedy is to grow heaven on Earth. Don’t think of your hopes for utopia as naive, think of the thoughts against it as unnecessarily jaded.
No evil is necessary, there is only the evil we have wedded so deeply to ourselves that we are stubbornly at union with it. If such is our disposition, we have to ask ourselves if we are necessary.
A culture that taboos sexuality is dangerous to, among other things, its own existence.
Without behaving different, thinking different leaves one as alienated as one who thinks the same. A good apple on a rotten apple tree will rot with the worry of catching rot.
Christmas deals in fake trees or dead trees. If we want a holiday that celebrates live trees, we would want to forsake the idolized super-natural for the natural.
Praying will not save you—it will save the oppressors their energy to repress you, because you are electing to do it yourself.
The eucatastrophe is only seen by those with eyes still blinking.
Despite the vast bleakness to modernity, there is still space for great beauty and sublimity. I can think of nothing more stirring than the overcoming and destruction of the banal and life-suffocating artifices, an epic turnaround just around the corner. Thus the allure of revolution, which in its authentic expression has at its core the love of the other outside and inside of us that is oppressed.
A choir that wants to sing many different songs is not a choir for long; nor is it a choir that always sings the songs of one member.
Literacy is the foundation of all propaganda.
There is no finer a foundation for a fascist subject than a religious upbringing that requires strict adherence. High technology is the new religion, and it holds its subjects spellbound.
If we keep killing multiple birds with a single stone, we will run out of birds. The Earth’s dreams of flight will then be grounded, and the ground’s dreams of Earthing with other animals will fail next, buried in an unwaking nightmare.
Think for yourself—you’re the only one that ever will. If not, others will have you thinking for them.
Get caught up on history and you can leverage your power in to the future; get caught up in history and your power will be eclipsed as you are bent over a text.
We are far more likely to leave this planet by extinction rather than by spaceships, and the more of our precious time we invest in global and super-global solutions, the more quickly the human problem will be solved.
We cannot heal the wounds of the world if we do not first feel the wounds of the world. Mourning is essential for a new dawn.
Half of the battle is getting people’s hearts in the right place, the other half is getting their heads in the right place. The whole battle is lost if this is done in the wrong order, for a head that is fully aware of oppression combined with a malevolent heart is quite a deadly foe.
Politicians can’t help themselves but help themselves at the expense of others. We can help ourselves not helping politicians (at our own expense).
What is called the acceleration of efficiency is truly the hastening of a deficiency.
Independence for a day, what of the other 364?
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