I have said that the soul is not more than the body And I have said that the body is not more than the soul And nothing, not God, is greater to one than one's self is
-- Walt Whitman, "Song Of Myself"
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Topical Quotes, Mostly Stolen:
Love: We have prostitution, adultery, a high divorce rate, domestic abuse, and so many other evils in our society. Are they not springing from an unnatural suppression of our inborn nature that yearns to freely love?
Children: Far, far too many people have children because they're lonely or unsatisfied or want to tie their partner down or simply don't have any better ideas. Having a child isn't like getting a dog from the Humane Society, but many people treat it exactly that way: "I need company. My life is empty. I'm lonely. I know, I'll have a kid and everything will be perfect." Then what happens?
Government: Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor...it both emboldens the blood and narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch, when the blood boils with hate, and the mind is closed...the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.
Elitism: If 'elitist' just means 'not the dumbest motherfucker in the room,' I'll be an elitist!
Censorship: There are lots of would-be censors out there, and although they may have different agends, they all want basically the same thing: For you to see the world they see...or at least to shut up about what you do see that's different. They are agents of the status quo. Not necessarily bad guys, but dangerous guys if you happen to believe in intellectual freedom.
Hardware: Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1.5 tons. --Popular Mechanics, 1949
Software: Debugging is at least twice as hard as programming. If your code is as clever as you can possibly make it, then by definition you're not smart enough to debug it.
Connectivity: I don't know about you, but for me, the promise of global interconnectivity is made real by me being able to virtually put a shotgun in front of someone's face, pull the trigger, and then crack them upside the head with it to finish them off – all from a continent away.
Lack of information, understanding, knowledge -- these things are voluntary. If they come to the fight unarmed, maybe they deserve to lose...
Myself: All of my life I have felt that, regardless of how arrogant this might sound, I have a purpose on this planet and in this life.
Culture: Culture assimilates or is assimilated. There is no other path for it; there isn't an upgrade option, and there is no such thing as a stable culture. They either die and are eaten, die and rot, or swallow another culture whole to keep themselves well-nourished. If a culture assimilates all other cultures, it runs out of food and dies. It's just like any predator – if it can't eat, it dies, and if it dies, it turns into manure.
Writing: It's all word salad. Some of us are just salad sorters.
Self-Esteem: Apparently my rock-bottom sense of self-worth over the years has rendered me nearly incapable of even figuring out what I need, much less asking for it. -- faire_raven