"To look at people in capitalist society and conclude that human nature is egoism, is like looking at people in a factory where pollution is destroying their lungs and saying that it is human nature to cough."
“I am not a single and passing being. My life is not a moment’s bright spark like that on the surface of a diamond. I go beneath the ground tortuously, as if a warder carried a lamp from cell to cell. My destiny has been that I remember and must weave together, must plait into one cable the many threads, the thin, the thick, the broken, the enduring of our long history, of our tumultuous and varied day.”—Virginia Woolf — from The Waves (via slothnorentropy)
“Drifting off to sleep, I thought about her. How nobody is perfect. How you just have to close your eyes and breathe out and let the puzzle of the human heart be what it is.”—Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees (via bookmania)
“A great deal of what goes under the name of love is seeking for success, for approval. One needs someone to tell one not only at four o’clock in the afternoon but also at eight and at ten and at twelve: “You’re fine, you’re all right, you are doing well” […..] People do not see that the main question is not: “Am I loved?” Which is to a large extent the question: “Am I approved of? Am I protected? Am I admired?” The main question is: “Can I love?””—Erich Fromm // The Selfish Capitalist: Origins of Affluenza // James Oliver // p.48-49 (via evokit-notes)
“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”—Anaïs Nin (via loveyourchaos)
“I’m always afraid that my absurd manner may discredit the thought or the leading idea. I have no elocution. My gestures are always inappropriate, and that makes people laugh, and degrades my ideas. I’ve no sense of proportion, either, and that’s the great thing; that’s the chief thing in fact… I know it’s better for me to sit still and keep quiet. When I persist in keeping quiet, I seem very sensible, and what’s more I think things over. But now it’s better for me to talk.”—Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot. (via kirstylouloumitchell)
“Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.”—C.G. Jung (via quotes-shape-us)
“In the absence of religious belief, of any assurance that life has a transcendent meaning beyond itself, man feels the need to be in control of everything. Control and power become the meaning of life. That is one of the reasons that paranoia—the feeling that everything that happens must be somebody’s fault, the search for someone to blame—does not decline with the supposed advance of reason. We want to feel that everything, good or bad, depends on us.”—Who Will Hire the Hangman? - Taki’s Magazine (via kaching)
“In the 90s, corporations realized that they could cut costs by reducing the number of full-time headcount and replacing them with part-time and contract headcount. Why? Because you don’t have to provide them benefits such as pensions or health care! Despite this, the rich has fought tooth and nail the government programs that attempt to fill in these gaps, as they continue their unabashed assault on Obamacare, Medicare and Social Security. And lets not even get into the failure of Austerity as economic policy, the blocking of Unemployment benefits, the assault on Unions, the consolidation of the free press into the hands of the monied and the litany of other ways that the super-rich have managed to completely rig the game in their favor. And lets not even get into the fact that no serious jobs package has gone anywhere because one party of government refuses to let it see the light of day.”—Damion Schubert (via azspot)
“I was leaning forward on my cane as we went down under the trees, holding it with both hands, and the black wagon I was in was being followed by a black wagon, and that by another, and the wheels were turning, and I began saying to myself: The tress are better, the grass is better, and animals are all right and the birds in the air are fine. And everything we do is decent when the mind begins to forget—the design of life; and good when we are forgotten—the design of death. I began to mourn for my spirit, and the spirits of all people who cast a shadow a long way beyond what they are, and for the beasts that walk out of the darkness alone; I began to wail for all the little beasts in their mothers, who would have to step down and begin going decent in the one fur that would last them their time. And I said to myself: For these I would go bang on my knees, but not for her—I wouldn’t piss on her if she were on fire!”—Djuna Barnes — from Nightwood (via slothnorentropy)
“The people are not simply historical events or parts of a patriotic body politic. They are also a complex rhetorical strategy of social reference: their claim to be representative provokes a crisis within the process of signification and discursive address. We then have a contested conceptual territory where the nation’s people must be thought in double-time; the people are the historical ‘objects’ of a nationalistic pedagogy, giving the discourse an authority that is based on the pre- given or constitutional historical origin in the past. The people are also the ‘subjects’ of a process of signification that must erase any prior or originary presence of the nation-people to demonstrate the prodigious, living principles of the people as contemporaneity: as the sign of the present through which national life is redeemed and iterated as a reproductive process.”—Homi Bhabha. The Location of Culture. (via diviani)
“An emotion is only an emotion. It’s just a small part of your whole being. You are much more than your emotion. An emotion comes, stays for a while, and goes away, just like a storm. If you’re aware of that, you won’t be afraid of your emotions.”—Thích Nhất Hạnh (via creatingaquietmind)
“In many societies…knowledge is produced and controlled by the ruling class. The prevailing interpretation of reality will reflect the interests and values of the ruling class. Because of its commitment to maintaining power, the ruling class seeks to conceal the ways in which it dominates and exploits the rest of the population. The interpretation of reality the ruling class presents will be distorted such that the “suffering of the subordinate classes will be ignored, redescribed as enjoyment or justified as freely chosen, deserved, or inevitable (quote from Alison Jaggar).” The positions of power and privilege that members of the ruling class inhabit allow them to separate and insulate themselves from the suffering of the oppressed, and to be more convinced of their own (distorted) ideology.”—Whose knowledge? Whose power? (via azspot)
The drug, which is particularly effective on late-stage kidney and liver cancer, costs approximately $69,000 per year in India, so in March 2012 an Indian court granted a license to an Indian company to produce to the drug at a 97 percent discount.
Bayer sued Natco Pharma Ltd., but in March of last year, the High Court in Mumbai denied its appeal. Dekkers called the compulsory license issued by the Indian court “essentially theft.”
Nexavar costs approximately $96,000 per year in the United States, but Bayer assures“western patients” that they can have access to the drug for a $100 copay.
this is why the concept of capitalist patent rights and intellectual property rights in general is so evil. these huge companies are able to delay the availability of life-saving medicine and technology by 20 years just so they can make a profit while people who can’t afford to shell out thousands of dollars to access suffer and die. good on india for not giving a crap about dekkers’s bottom line.
“When you feel perpetually unmotivated, you start questioning your existence in an unhealthy way; everything becomes a pseudo intellectual question you have no interest in responding whatsoever. This whole process becomes your very skin and it does not merely affect you; it actually defines you. So, you see yourself as a shadowy figure unworthy of developing interest, unworthy of wondering about the world - profoundly unworthy in every sense and deeply absent in your very presence.”—Ingmar Bergman (via saltatio-crudelitatis)
“One sentiment underlying sympathy seeking is often “Feel sorry for me because I’m the only one this is happening to” or “my situation is worse than everyone else’s.”
People seeking sympathy are not looking for empathy or evidence of shared experiences—they are searching for confirmation of their uniqueness.
I’ve had many people tell me that they feel manipulated and controlled by the people in their lives who are sympathy seeking.”—brene brown (via jujutsu-with-zizek)
“My story isn’t pleasant, it’s not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.”—Hermann Hesse, Demian (via jujutsu-with-zizek)
*guy at party with guitar* i know what you all are thinking, “this tool’s gonna play wonderwall like every other douche with a guitar”, i just want you to know im not like that. im not one of those guys. anyways heres creep by radiohead
“What now?” a voice from the other side of being seems to say. And what if you should look at yourself - the most everyday object there is - and feel a loss to attach a quality and a meaning to what is being seen or what is seeing it. What now indeed”—Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against The Human Race, P.87 (via deaths-and-entrances)
“…Am I happy or unhappy? It’s not a very important question. I live with such frenzied intensity. Things and people are waiting for me, and doubtless I am waiting for them and desiring them with all my strength and sadness. But, here, I earn the right to be alive by silence and secrecy. The miracle of not having to talk about oneself.”—Albert Camus, Notebooks 1935-1942 (via wellareyou)
“Every time a man (myself) gives way to vanity, every time he thinks and lives in order to show off, this is a betrayal. Every time, it has always been the great misfortune of wanting to show off which has lessened me in the presence of truth. We do not need to reveal ourselves to others, but only to those we love. For then we are no longer revealing ourselves in order to seem but in order to give. There is much more strength in a man who reveals himself only when it is necessary. I have suffered from being alone, but because I have been able to keep my secret I have overcome the suffering of loneliness. To go right to the end implies knowing how to keep one’s secret… A certain persistence in despair finally gives birth to joy. […] And if I now feel that I have come to a turning point in my life, this is not because of what I have won but because of what I have lost. Within me, I feel a deep and intense strength that will enable me to live as I intend. If, today, I feel so distant from everything, it is because I have strength only to love and admire. […] I am uncertain of the future, but have achieved total liberty toward my past and toward myself. Here lies my poverty, and my sole wealth. It is as if I were beginning the game all over again, neither happier nor unhappier than before. But aware now of where my strength lies, scornful of my own vanities, and filled with that lucid fervor which impels me forward toward my fate.”—Albert Camus, Notebooks 1935-1942 (via wellareyou)
“the great thing about real power is our ability to create it.
Real power doesn’t force us to take it away from others—it’s something we create and build with others.”—brene brown (via jujutsu-with-zizek)
“It’s better to make a mistake with the full force of your being than to timidly avoid mistakes with a trembling spirit. Responsibility means recognizing both pleasure and price, action and consequence, then making a choice.”—The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Dan Millman (via modernhepburn)