January 20th 10:38 pm
“ Sometimes I sensed that the books I read in rapid succession had set up some sort of murmur among themselves, transforming my head into an orchestra pit where different musical instruments sounded out, and I would realize that I could endure this life because of these musicales going on in my head. ”
— Orhan Pamuk, The New Life (via liberumarbitriumindifferentiae)
December 20th 10:55 pm
“ We constantly rate others and pigeonhole them in often ridiculous status hierarchies simply to regulate their control over us and our thoughts. Our personal judgments of others are filters of influence. If you wish to allow another’s language power over you, simply hold him higher in your own private scale of esteem. ”
— Julian Jaynes, The Origin of Consciousness (via liberumarbitriumindifferentiae)
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December 18th 10:41 am
“ [The search for identity] is the American theme. The nature of our society is such that we are prevented from knowing who we are. It is still a young society, and this is an integral part of its development. ”
— Ralph Ellison (via theparisreview)
December 18th 3:49 am
The Moody Blues - Nights in White Satin
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December 14th 12:34 am
“ Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once? ”
Henry David Thoreau
It’s our duty to disobey unjust laws.
December 12th 1:49 pm
“ There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find ways in which you yourself have altered. ”
— Nelson Mandela, A Long Walk to Freedom (via n-xi)
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December 10th 10:32 pm
“ No great idea in its beginning can ever be within the law. How can it be within the law? The law is stationary. The law is fixed. The law is a chariot wheel which binds us all regardless of conditions or place or time. ”
— Emma Goldman (via nutopiancitizen)
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December 7th 10:03 pm
There have been many measures taken to try to turn the educational system towards more control, more indoctrination, more vocational training, imposing a debt, which traps students and young people into a life of conformity… That’s the exact opposite of [what] traditionally comes out of The Enlightenment. And there’s a constant struggle between those. In the colleges, in the schools, do you train for passing tests, or do you train for creative inquiry?
Passing tests doesn’t begin to compare with searching and inquiring and pursuing topics that engage us and excite us. That’s far more significant than passing tests and, in fact, if that’s the kind of educational career you’re given the opportunity to pursue, you will remember what you discovered.
— Legendary linguist and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky, born 85 years ago today, on the purpose of education (via explore-blog)
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December 7th 9:58 pm
“ The poet, the artist, the sleuth—whoever sharpens our perception tends to be antisocial; rarely “well-adjusted,” he cannot go along with currents and trends. A strange bond often exists among anti-social types in their power to see environments as they really are. ”
— Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects, 1967.
December 7th 9:55 pm
“True literature can exist only where it is created, not by diligent and trustworthy functionaries, but by madmen, hermits, heretics, dreamers, rebels, and skeptics.”
— Yevgeny Zamyatin, “I Am Afraid,” 1919.