Sunday, September 22, 2013
(from The UK version of The Office starring Ricky Gervais)
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Sunday, September 01, 2013
Saturday, August 31, 2013
."Isn't there something in living dangerously?"
"There's a great deal in it," the Controller replied. "Men and women must have their adrenals stimulated from time to time."
"What?" questioned the Savage, uncomprehending.
"It's one of the conditions of perfect health. That's why we've made the V.P.S. treatments compulsory."
"Violent Passion Surrogate. Regularly once a month. We flood the whole system with adrenin. It's the complete physiological equivalent of fear and rage. All the tonic effects of murdering Desdemona and being murdered by Othello, without any of the inconveniences."
"But I like the inconveniences."
"We don't," said the Controller. "We prefer to do things comfortably."
"But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin."
"In fact," said Mustapha Mond, "you're claiming the right to be unhappy."
"All right then," said the Savage defiantly, "I'm claiming the right to be unhappy."
"Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the right to have syphilis and cancer; the right to have too little to eat; the right to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what may happen to-morrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be tortured by unspeakable pains of every kind." There was a long silence.
"I claim them all," said the Savage at last.
Mustapha Mond shrugged his shoulders. "You're welcome," he said.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
We are free to interpret and reinterpret the meanings of our lives ... [but this is not free will]. (p, 40)
Speaking from personal experience, I think that losing the sense of free will has only improved my ethics -by increasing my feelings of compassion and forgiveness, and diminishing my sense of entitlement to the fruits of my own good luck. (p.45)
Losing a belief in free will has not made me fatalistic- in fact, it has increased my feelings of freedom. My hopes, fears and neuroses seem less personal and indelible. There is no telling how much I might change in the future... A creative change of inputs to the system - learning new skills, forming new relationships, adopting new habits of attention- may radically transform one's life.
Monday, April 08, 2013
This is attributed to Aristotle, Metaphysics ihn many places on the internet.
However, I have scoured the Metaphysics and cannot find it!
I like the quote anyway, but perhaps we need in the internet age to also add
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to read a quotation on the internet without accepting it as authoritative unless we have checked the original source". Not quite as pithy!
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Friday, April 05, 2013
I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do.