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« Reply #240 on: March 13, 2020, 08:21:54 am »
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What if we posit that “Things-in-themselves” emerge against the background of the Void of Nothingness, the way this Void is conceived in quantum physics, as not just a negative void, but the portent of all possible reality? This is the only true consistent “transcendental materialism” which is possible after the Kantian transcendental idealism. For a true dialectician, the ultimate mystery is not “Why is there something rather than nothing?” but “Why is there nothing rather than something?”

-Slavoj Žižek
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« Reply #241 on: March 13, 2020, 08:40:09 am »


- 14th Dalai Lama

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For the precise reason that without this primordial antagonism we could not explain the minimal distinction between the void and its vibrations, between the nothing and the ontologically incomplete realities barely distinguishable from it—in short, how the symmetries between particles and forces could have been broken in the first place.
- Slovaj Žižek
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« Reply #242 on: March 13, 2020, 11:46:15 am »
FB, you're on Less Than Nothing now?  It is a pretty good book.
“I am a warrior of ages, Anasűrimbor . . . ages. I have dipped my nimil in a thousand hearts. I have ridden both against and for the No-God in the great wars that authored this wilderness. I have scaled the ramparts of great Golgotterath, watched the hearts of High Kings break for fury.” -Cet’ingira

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« Reply #243 on: March 13, 2020, 08:51:21 pm »
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What if we posit that “Things-in-themselves” emerge against the background of the Void of Nothingness, the way this Void is conceived in quantum physics, as not just a negative void, but the portent of all possible reality? This is the only true consistent “transcendental materialism” which is possible after the Kantian transcendental idealism. For a true dialectician, the ultimate mystery is not “Why is there something rather than nothing?” but “Why is there nothing rather than something?”

-Slavoj Žižek

Every now and then I suspect Zizek is more than a cranky slob. ;-)

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"What is ethical cannot be taught. If I could explain the essence of the ethical only by means of a theory, then what is ethical would be of no value whatsoever."
 -Wittgenstein



"you have a home for sure merlinus. as to the worthiness of my mind --"

theo stares squarely into the smoky crystal of the traveler's eyes.

"i must warn you now your gold cannot buy my mind. i am an acolyte.
i go every day at noon to the church to keep up my studies for the priesthood.

if you stay with us, you can bet i will do my best to win you to our Savior.
please, take your coins back  and move out now if that offends you."

Merlinus squeezes his hand with genuine affection and promises him,

"Nothing done with love offends me."

Theo smiles widely, teeth white and even as truth, his heart glad with
the innocent pride that faith brings.

 --Attanasio, The Dragon and the Unicorn


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« Reply #244 on: March 15, 2020, 11:05:49 pm »
A voice claps through their souls, so loud it draws blood through the
pores of their skin.

The Gates are no longer guarded.

Mimara is also on her knees, also shrieking, yet her fingers somehow
find her purse, begin fumbling, pinching the Chorae that nearly killed
the Wizard. She cringes beneath the looming aspect, a child beneath a
collapsing city wall. She hugs her limbs against the piercing pleas of
little mouths, the moaning masses of the damned....

And somehow lifts her Tear of God.

She knows not what she does. She knows only what she glimpsed in the
slave chamber, that single slow heartbeat of light and revelation. She
knows what she saw with the Judging Eye.

The Chorae burns as a sun in her fingers, making red wine of her hand
and forearm, revealing the shadow of her bones, and yet drawing the
eye instead of rebuking it, a light that does not blind.

"I guard them!", she weeps, standing frail beneath the white-bleached
Seal. "I hold the Gates!"

  -The Judging Eye
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« Reply #245 on: March 26, 2020, 08:24:59 am »
"The only acceptable point of view appears to be the one that recognizes both sides of reality--the quantitative and the qualitative, the physical and the psychical--as compatible with each other, and embrace them simultaneously."
- Wolfgang Pauli
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« Reply #246 on: March 26, 2020, 08:15:29 pm »
"Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it." –Andrew Boyd
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« Reply #247 on: April 03, 2020, 09:42:20 am »
'There is a concept which corrupts and upsets all others. I refer not to Evil, whose limited realm is that of ethics; I refer to the infinite.'
 – Jorge Luis Borges

'Men ... think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.'
 – Charles Mackay

"...I just had the most awful, amazing dream. I was so far away, in the dark.
 
 Then I saw your grave.

 I...I read the inscription...and that's when I knew everything would be okay.

 That's when I woke up."
 -Lois to Clark, Superman Beyond: 3D
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« Reply #248 on: April 17, 2020, 08:35:21 am »
‘Man is a stream whose source is hidden. Always our being is descending into us from we know not whence.’
 -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“we are continually overflowing toward those who preceded us, toward our origin, and toward those who seemingly come after us. ... It is our task to imprint this temporary, perishable earth into ourselves so deeply, so painfully and passionately, that its essence can rise again “invisibly,” inside us. We are the bees of the invisible. We wildly collect the honey of the visible, to store it in the great golden hive of the invisible.”

―Rainer Maria Rilke
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« Reply #249 on: April 24, 2020, 09:23:57 pm »
‘Man is a stream whose source is hidden. Always our being is descending into us from we know not whence.’
 -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“we are continually overflowing toward those who preceded us, toward our origin, and toward those who seemingly come after us. ... It is our task to imprint this temporary, perishable earth into ourselves so deeply, so painfully and passionately, that its essence can rise again “invisibly,” inside us. We are the bees of the invisible. We wildly collect the honey of the visible, to store it in the great golden hive of the invisible.”

―Rainer Maria Rilke

"Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love."
 -Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving
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« Reply #250 on: April 25, 2020, 01:38:54 am »
"Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love."
 -Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving

And do you understand why this is?
May your death be soon, slow and painful

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« Reply #251 on: April 25, 2020, 07:57:50 pm »
"Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love."
 -Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving

And do you understand why this is?

My guess would be the fear of being alone is often confused for love?
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« Reply #252 on: April 26, 2020, 07:51:25 pm »
"Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love."
 -Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving

And do you understand why this is?

My guess would be the fear of being alone is often confused for love?

If your happiness is dependent on another, that is not love. Happiness independent on whose around ( "allowing" you to be alone ) frees you to love others, proper.
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« Reply #253 on: April 29, 2020, 08:51:02 pm »
"Eventually, I believe, current attempts to understand the mind by analogy with man-made computers that can perform superbly some of the same external tasks as conscious beings will be recognized as a gigantic waste of time."
 -Thomas Nagel

 “If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a non-working cat.”
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“He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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« Reply #254 on: May 02, 2020, 10:31:11 pm »
In front of the bear that has just been cut into pieces, the hunter murmurs a prayer of vertiginous sweetness:

“Allow me to kill you even in the future.”


Roberto Calasso, The Celestial Hunter

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Art is magic... But how is it magic? In its metaphysical development? Or does some final transformation culminate in a magic reality?

In truth, the latter is impossible without the former. If creation is not magic, the outcome cannot be magic.

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