Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.
Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.
Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.
John Stuart Mill
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.
A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
Don't let schooling interfere with your education.
All generalizations are false, including this one.
A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
The Public is merely a multiplied "me."
Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we."
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.
Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
Otto Von Bismarck
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.
Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.
Be polite; write diplomatically ;even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
A witty saying proves nothing.
If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.
When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.
Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.
All I know is I'm not a Marxist.
The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.
Friday, November 05, 2004
Taking care of us
Fear. Fury. Abandonment. Grief. Depression. Confusion and disorientation. Isolation. Substance abuse. Depersonalization and objectification. Fight or flight agitation. Hopelessness. Suicidal ideation. Irrational thinking. Mood swings. Inconsolability. Escapism.
All of these are possible painful, sometimes deadly, reactions to trauma. For many of us, the last four years has been classically, continuously traumatic, culminating in major loss on Tuesday. Looks like it's gonna continue. In order to be effective, we need to be healthy and strong.
In a former career, I was fortunate to work as a clinical social worker, program developer, and manager of mental health programs. At other times in my life, I've been on the other side of the desk or in secure hospital units, unable to cope with the ubiquitous cognitive dissonance that is at the nucleus of existence in the United States of America. I am intimately familiar with all of the phenomena listed above.
I am doing remarkably well these past few days, mostly because absolutely nothing The Doubleduh-Cheney Gang does either surprises or shocks me and I accepted that John-John would probably not prevail, and if they did little if anything would change. I accepted on 9/12 that The Gang would exploit 9/11 for all it was worth and more. I prepared immediately to protect myself from not only the surrealist, chaotic tactics of the Wrong and The People of the Lie, but also from the insidious optimism, duplicity, and shape-shifting of liberalism and neoliberalism. I've been around for awhile. I've worked hard for my wisdom. I was fortunate enough to have a great father who taught me the truth. I expected disappointment. I'm dealing with it. I can see what is ahead. It's going to be worse than you think. I know the fun has just begun. We need to take care of each other.
So how 'bout you, brother, sister? How 'bout yer lover? How 'bout yer family? How 'bout yer comrades? The more you actively, intelligently support them, and the more you let them into the center of yourself, the more capable we will all be of weathering this challenge.
Neoconservatism and neoliberalism make me sick. They grow strong on yang. Yang is not "bad" . . . evil exists. It fills us with doubt and confusion.
Here is my humble counsel: live simply and methodically; check yourself and your comrades often for the symptoms listed above; demand (yes, demand) that your comrades lovingly confront you if your health is deteriorating. Recognize ontological bullshit for what it is and protect yourself and your comrades from it.
There will be casualties among us, but they can be minimized.
Grow up. Get real. Sit up straight. Make true love. Make responsible decisions. Expect the worst. Take your meds. Don't let friends drive drunk. Bail 'em out once and only once if they do and get caught. Shut your TV off and listen to lots of jazz and blues and hard-core hip-hop. Work. Flirt. Sleep. Love. Eat. Walk. Don't fuck around. Don't use yer goddam cell phone while driving and/or within 100 feet of another human being. Mind yer manners, asshole. Walk the talk. Study integrity. Pack out what you pack in. Keep yer voice down. Learn two other languages . . . at least enough to ask directions and avoid arrest. Live by the Sermon on the Mount, the Five Pillars, the Golden Rule, the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions, the Desiderata, or the Prayer of St Francis. Walk softly, talk softly, consider an effective stick. Be circumspect. Love everyone, trust no one. Talk to other species of animals and listen to what they have to say. Don't use common sense, be it. Above all, be humble . . . we may be full of shit. Painful as it may be, those dumbasses may be right, and at any rate they got all the heavy ordnance and they are winning at the moment. Accept that we might be crushed. Today may be the last day of the rest of your life.
Davis Grubb, in Ancient Lights, describes flying as "avoiding hitting the ground." The now off-the-air blogger The Mad Prophet said, "Fuck you if you think you're better than anybody else." Amen. And . . .
"Netpolitik is a new style of diplomacy that seeks to exploit the powerful capabilities of the Internet to shape politics, culture, values, and personal identity. But unlike Realpolitik — which seeks to advance a nation’s political interests through amoral coercion — Netpolitik traffics in “softer” issues such as moral legitimacy, culturalidentity, societal values, and public perception." - The Rise of Netpolitik
PUN-DIT (n) : A learned man; a teacher; a source of opinion; a critic: a political pundit.