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"Can't top that"

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"Mulch is more composted than fertilizer"

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Postby Fixed Cross » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:01 pm

Do not rebuke the mockers, or they will hate you; rebuke the wise, and they will love you.


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Postby Arcturus Descending » Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:33 pm

“A philosopher once asked, "Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?" Pointless, really..."Do the stars gaze back?" Now, that's a question.”
― Neil Gaiman, Stardust

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"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Postby Arcturus Descending » Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:02 pm

Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories.
Elie Wiesel



Think higher, feel deeper.
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"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Postby promethean75 » Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:22 am

From The Ego and its Own; 'political liberalism'.

I receive everything from the state. Have I anything without the state’s assent? What I have without this it takes from me as soon as it discovers the lack of a “legal title.” Do I not, therefore, have everything through its grace, its assent?

On this alone, on the legal title, the commonalty rests. The commoner is what he is through the protection of the state, through the state’s grace. He would necessarily be afraid of losing everything if the state’s power were broken.

But how is it with him who has nothing to lose, how with the proletarian? As he has nothing to lose, he does not need the protection of the state for his “nothing.” He may gain, on the contrary, if that protection of the state is withdrawn from the protégé.

Therefore the non-possessor will regard the state as a power protecting the possessor, which privileges the latter, but does nothing for him, the non-possessor, but to – suck his blood. The state is a – commoners’ state [Bürgerstaat], is the estate of the commonalty. It protects man not according to his labour, but according to his tractableness (“loyalty”) – namely, according to whether the rights entrusted to him by the state are enjoyed and managed in accordance with the will, that is, laws, of the state.

Under the regime of the commonalty the labourers always fall into the hands of the possessors, of those who have at their disposal some bit of the state domains (and everything possessible in state domain, belongs to the state, and is only a fief of the individual), especially money and land; of the capitalists, therefore. The labourer cannot realize on his labour to the extent of the value that it has for the consumer. “Labour is badly paid!” The capitalist has the greatest profit from it. – Well paid, and more than well paid, are only the labours of those who heighten the splendour and dominion of the state, the labours of high state servants. The state pays well that its “good citizens,” the possessors, may be able to pay badly without danger; it secures to itself by good payment its servants, out of whom it forms a protecting power, a “police” (to the police belong soldiers, officials of all kinds, those of justice, education, etc. – in short, the whole “machinery of the state”) for the “good citizens,” and the “good citizens” gladly pay high tax-rates to it in order to pay so much lower rates to their labourers.

But the class of labourers, because unprotected in what they essentially are (for they do not enjoy the protection of the state as labourers, but as its subjects they have a share in the enjoyment of the police, a so-called protection of the law), remains a power hostile to this state, this state of possessors, this “citizen kingship.” Its principle, labour, is not recognized as to its value; it is exploited [ausgebeutet], a spoil [Kriegsbeute] of the possessors, the enemy.

The labourers have the most enormous power in their hands, and, if they once became thoroughly conscious of it and used it, nothing would withstand them; they would only have to stop labour, regard the product of labour as theirs, and enjoy it. This is the sense of the labour disturbances which show themselves here and there.

The state rests on the – slavery of labour. If labour becomes free, the state is lost.


This greater insight into the genesis of any 'state' - that it is only made possible by these terms - demands either a radical restructuring of the entire institution so that it does not require this essential conflict in order to exist... or the complete abandonment and dismissal of any attempt to establish it at all.

But this decision does not rest with the bourgeois, for they are not the makers of the state. Rather they emerge after it's established, after it's made possible out of the abundance of material productivity and wealth. And yet, ironically, it serves their interests more than the interests of those who made them possible in the first place.

The fundamental sham of the 'state' is just this embarrassing if not comical piece of logic, which stirner lays out quite masterfully throughout the essay(s). The strangeness of this insight has never struck anyone as much as the anarchist, the one who through virtue of reason and in such good taste simply refuses to participate in such an unprincipled sham.

And if and when the anarchist declares himself a nihilist in the company of philosophers and politicians, this is more of a general statement of withholding commitment to what these perceive as problems that can be addressed without first resolving the problem of the 'state'. Hence, philosophical activity that does not involve itself here, first and foremost, is generically unworthy of receiving any real effort from the anarchist. since if the fundamental problem of the 'state' is not first resolved, no amount of philosophical floundering over the vast array of social, political and economic issues produced from within this essentially problematic superstructure will ever come to any resolution.

The kind of philosophical speculation one indulges in more often betrays the degree of attention and insight they are capable of having of problems that are actually worth any attention at all. This is expressed well when Marx says 'the philosophers have only interpreted the world... the point is to change it.' but of course this is a comment made exclusively to the proletariat, for it is in his power alone to do this. Again, the bourgeois neither brings the state into existence or holds it together... but emerges as a by-product of the accumulated mistakes and errors of the working classes. Therefore only those who produce the 'state' have the power to change it. Or I should say 'correct the errors they have made throughout history.'
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Postby Arcturus Descending » Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:48 pm

Learning to live ought to mean learning to die - to acknowledge, to accept, an absolute mortality - without positive outcome,or resurrection, or redemption, for oneself or for anyone else. That has been the old philosophical injunction since Plato: to be a philosopher is to learn how to die."
-- Jacques Derrida
"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Postby promethean75 » Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:20 pm

"Nietzsche was not a social theorist, but a poet, a rebel, and innovator. His aristocracy was neither of birth nor of purse; it was the spirit. In that respect Nietzsche was an anarchist, and all true anarchists were aristocrats." - Emma Goldman
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Postby Fixed Cross » Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:28 am

All in moderation. Especially moderation.
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Postby promethean75 » Thu May 21, 2020 11:55 pm

schopenhauer wrote:If I were to say that the so-called philosophy of this fellow Hegel is a colossal piece of mystification which will yet provide posterity with an inexhaustible theme for laughter at our times, that it is a pseudo-philosophy paralyzing all mental powers, stifling all real thinking, and, by the most outrageous misuse of language, putting in its place the hollowest, most senseless, thoughtless, and, as is confirmed by its success, most stupefying verbiage, I should be quite right.


My fondest memories of being a philosopher are always of the moments I discovered one philosopher telling another one off in one of his books/essays. Really that's the best stuff... not the philosophy, but how livid those stiff ass renaissance muhfuckas get when a'nuh muhfucka don't agree with his fourfold root of the principle of sufficient reason. Hey but I bet Hegel couldn't tell schop off like that.
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Postby Fixed Cross » Mon May 25, 2020 7:00 pm

“Everyone that you fight is not your enemy and everyone who helps you is not your friend.”
– Mike Tyson
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Meno_ » Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:29 pm

"When you gaze into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you' "

Nietzche


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Postby promethean75 » Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:41 pm

When asked what we will do for eternity in heaven, R. Lichtenstein replies:

"After a quadrillion years of singing ‘god’s’ praises, I expect the unfortunate denizens of heaven will wish for sweet death to relieve them of the unremitting boredom.

Why ‘god’ is so insecure that ‘he’ needs quite so much praise — even more than Trump! — is a question those unfortunates should perhaps ask ‘him’ on day one."
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Fixed Cross » Fri Jul 17, 2020 3:36 pm

Could it be that the old geezer hasn't heard yet, that God is dead?
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Postby Meno_ » Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:01 pm

Acceptance is not toleration or passivity - it makes you radically alive and passionately engaged with this astonishing dream world.

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Postby Fixed Cross » Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:49 pm

Do not think that one has to be sad in order to be militant, even though the thing one is fighting is abominable.
- Foucault, Anti-Oeudipus
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