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Musings that fluctuate between pragmatism and abstraction.

— somber ink —
The opposite of reaction is not revolution, but creation. The world is in an unending state of reaction and thus unendingly in danger of revolution. What defines progress, if it is such, is that without compromise, creators of all kinds triumph over the mind, over reaction, and over inactivity without revolution being necessary. When there are no more of these creators, revolution is inevitable.

— Albert Camus - Notebook 1951-1959 (via sisyphean-revolt)

I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself, we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self; an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody. Maybe the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction, one last midnight - brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.

Rust Cohle from True Detective (via lucid-fairy)

Without metaphor, there would be no psychotherapy.

— personal aphorism


44. 4. (line-square-cube-tesseract via folding)

And so it (un)folds.


44. 4. (line-square-cube-tesseract via folding)

And so it (un)folds.

If, to outgrow nihilism, one must return to Christianity, one may well follow the impulse and outgrow Christianity in Hellenism.

— Albert Camus, Notebooks 1942-1951. (via acknowledgetheabsurd)


ERICA GOLDSON: Graduation speech

One’s own self is well hidden from one’s own self; of all mines of treasure, one’s own is the last to be dug up.

— Friedrich Nietzsche (via itsquoted)

A creative artist works on his next composition because he is not satisfied with his previous one. When he loses a critical attitude toward his own work, he ceases to be an artist.

— D. Shostakovich. New York TimesOctober 251959. (via rjtyler)

Intimacy requires courage because risk is inescapable. We cannot know at the outset how the relationship will affect us. Like a chemical mixture, if one of us is changed, both of us will be. Will we grow in self-actualization, or will it destroy us? The one thing we can be certain of is that if we let ourselves fully into the relationship for good or evil, we will not come out unaffected.

— Rollo May, The Courage to Create (via joyeuse)