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Old 05-25-2014   #11
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Re: On Mankind

"I hope to-morrow will be a fine day, Lane.
It never is, sir.
Lane, you're a perfect pessimist.
I do my best to give satisfaction, sir."
— Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest)

“The real reason why so few men believe in God is that they have ceased to believe that even a God can love them.”
― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
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He took an apartment which looked onto a lively square. He worked during the day, but around five in the evening he would stand at the window of his apartment, which he left dark behind him, and breathed into his very blood how long the brightness lasted, deployed by snow and the cold, how there was a pressure from extinguished light-sources. He took it as a grant to him. In this city where he was nothing, where he was a nothing fought with other nothings for bread, for clothing, for a place in the tramcar, he felt for the first time for many years one thing: the drift. Let machines be whatever they are, and humanity and knowledge, but one thing at least is sweet: to feel in your neck, in your eyes, which protrude a little, in your nostrils that flare, how light begins.
— Gottfried Benn, Diesterweg (1918)

Now I will try to keep awake. The fog.
~ Eric Basso, “The Beak Doctor”
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"I'm tired of this back-slappin' "isn't humanity neat" bull####. We're a virus with shoes."
— Bill Hicks

“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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" Jacob went to the window and stood with his hands in his pockets. There he saw three Greeks in kilts; the masts of ships; idle or busy people of the lower classes strolling or stepping out briskly, or falling into groups and gesticulating with their hands. Their lack of concern for him was not the cause of his gloom; but some more profound conviction--it was not the he himself happened to be lonely, but that all people are."


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“We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the ####in' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are ####ed! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your ####, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake.”
― George Carlin

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― U. G. Krishnamurti
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Re: On Mankind

“The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones.”

― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

“It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.”
-Lewis Carroll
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Created in God's image, Man is the embodiment of dignity.


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“But William Stoner knew of the world in a way that few of his younger colleagues could understand. Deep in him, beneath his memory, was the knowledge of hardship and hunger and endurance and pain. Though he seldom thought of his early years on the Booneville farm, there was always near his consciousness the blood knowledge of his inheritance, given him by forefathers whose lives were obscure and hard and stoical and whoose common ethic was to present to an oppressive world faces that were expressionless and hard and bleak.”

―John Williams, Stoner

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“I expect nothing of man, and disown the race. The only folly is expecting what is never attained; man is most contemptible when compared with his own pretensions. It is better to laugh at man from outside the universe, than to weep for him within.”
― H.P. Lovecraft

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― U. G. Krishnamurti
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"There is something in the inmost core of you… something that lets you laugh in a way that only the Elder Gods ever laughed. Something that makes you see a kind of jest in horror and disillusionment and death."

Fritz Leiber - "Adept's Gambit"
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