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Old 06-27-2014   #21
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Re: On Mankind

"When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front row seat." -George Carlin

“I am like a puppet sitting here. It's not just I; all of us are puppets. Nature is pulling the strings, but we believe that we are acting.”
― U. G. Krishnamurti
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"It is not absurd to suppose that the extermination of man begins with the extermination of man's germs. One has only to consider the human being himself, complete with his emotions, his passions, his laughter, his sex and his secretions, to conclude that man is nothing but a dirty little germ--an irrational virus marring a universe of transparency. Once he has been purged, once everything has been cleaned up and all infection--whether of a social or a bacillary kind--has been driven out, then only the virus of sadness will remain in a mortally clean and mortally sophisticated world."

The Transparency of Evil, Jean Baudrillard

"Tell me how you want to die, and I'll tell you who you are. In other words, how do you fill out an empty life? With women, books, or worldly ambitions? No matter what you do, the starting point is boredom, and the end self-destruction. The emblem of our fate: the sky teeming with worms. Baudelaire taught me that life is the ecstasy of worms in the sun, and happiness the dance of worms."
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Re: On Mankind

Quote Originally Posted by Piranesi View Post
Man, n. An animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be. His chief occupation is extermination of other animals and his own species, which, however, multiplies with such insistent rapidity as to infest the whole habitable earth and Canada.
--- Bierce.
Just reading this over, it occurs to me it would work just as well if we replaced the word "rapturous" with the word "sneering".

“Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart; this nullity imagines that it has attained a level of civilization never before achieved." - Max Weber
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