The education system is not designed to turn out thoughtful individualists, it is there to get us to work. When we come home exhausted from the inanities of our jobs we can relax in front of the inanities of the TV screen. This pattern, punctuated by birth, death and marriage and a new car, is offered to us as real life.
Children who are born into a tired world as batteries of new energy are plugged into the system as soon as possible and gradually drained away … Those who have kept their spirit find it hard to nourish it and between the ages of twenty and thirty, many are successfully emptied of all resistance.
I do not think it an exaggeration to say that most of the energy of most of the people is being diverted into a system which destroys them
Money is no antidote. If the imaginative life is to be renewed it needs its own coin.
Imagination and Reality // Jeannette Winterson
From the moment that one pays continuous attention to anything, no matter what it is – a leaf, a nail, whatever is being regarded becomes a world in itself, mysterious, imposing, unspeakably magnified and inexhaustibly fertile in possibilities.
Once you have begun to do this, you have entered into the kingdom of the Other, recognizing its otherness, and wanting to learn from it.
The feeling that you get is that the world, and each aspect of it, is a mystery, is unfathomable, and that it glows against the background of universal darkness with a kind of strange and even magical light, both utterly meaningful and utterly meaningless, as the universe itself is.
The Kingdom of the Other: On seeing what is to be seen // James Dickey
i often remind
myself that i’m not in love
with you anymore
3AM Thoughts // AKA “Haiku 57.”
she looked at me with
eyes full of wonderment and
hurt, lost in reflection
voice lowering an octave as
her throat tightened
heavy with regret
how many people have
i lost from my life because
i thought they saw me as
i see myself?
3AM Thoughts // AKA “Everything Feels Temporary in a Tornado.”
For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?
1984 // George Orwell
i just want to sit
in existential silence
reflecting on life
3AM Thoughts // AKA “Haiku 47.”
A few years ago it dawned on me that everybody past a certain age – regardless of how they look on the outside – pretty much constantly dreams of being able to escape from their lives.
The Gum Thief // Douglas Coupland
Be careful, lest in casting out your demon you exorcise the best thing in you.
// Friedrich Nietzsche
Before you actually live it, life is nothing.
But it’s up to you to give it a meaning.
Existentialism And Humanism // Jean-Paul Sartre
That is the simple secret of happiness.
Whatever you are doing, don’t let past move your mind; don’t let future disturb you.
Because the past is no more, and the future is not yet.
To live in the memories, to live in the imagination, is to live in the non-existential.
And when you are living in the non-existential, you are missing that which is existential.
Naturally you will be miserable, because you will miss your whole life.