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When does the voice in the wild become the only voice you hear? When the necromancer the phoenix? I am disappointed with the pedestal putting of contemporary Buddhism. Because I don’t think the Buddha said anything that you can’t say. Because I think the Dalai Lama is just as holy as every you.



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If by the term “anti-Christ” we mean someone who dares to think for themselves, despite the political pressures to do otherwise, then I think there have been many anti-Christs throughout recorded history:

Socrates, the Buddha, Moses, Nietzsche, Shakespeare, Skinner, Jesus, Rosalind Franklin, Mohammed, Kant, Hume, Leibniz, Hesse, Kierkegaard, Rosa Parks, Brunelleschi, Plato, Einstein, Beethoven, Martin Luther, Émilie du Châtelet, Carol Gilligan, Martin Luther King, Jr, Abraham, Marsha Linehan, Ghandi, Sappho, Velázquez, Rilke, Tenzin Gyatso, Beverly Tatum, Eduardo Duran.

Any questions?


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Leibniz proposed the following idea about truth: that from a god’s eye perspective, all events would appear necessary and good. The dialectic of contingency melts away before a solitary, all seeing eye. Thus, even a life such as mine which appears to be nothing but a magnet for violence despite a constant desire for love would appear just, necessary and good. Of course such a perspective exists only in our imaginations. An imagination that led Tolkien to put the words of a Christian ethic into the wizard Gandalf’s mouth: “Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.” In this same way my own life has been nothing but a constant experience of illness, with death the only conceivable cure. Naturally, the obvious question remains: Death of what? Life of what?

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The concentration camps of the early 20th century were not a specifically Nazi phenomenon. Two of the major Allied nations also built concentration camps for ethnic and political segregation: Russia under Stalin and the USA under Roosevelt. More recently of course nations like the USA, South Africa, Israel, Mauritania, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Colombia, Yugoslavia have all recently practiced or are still practicing policies of active segregation based on ethnicity, gender or ideological alliance. (Did you know that slavery was not officially declared a crime in Mauritania until 2007, and 20% of the population may still live in slavery?) We are still very much living in the world of the concentration camp. Just look outside your door.


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It is interesting to me that in both cases of assault that I experienced over the past week, both were instigated by men in the presence of their female mates. Display behaviors are well described throughout the animal kingdom, being used both for signaling availability for mating and for warning off potentially competitive males (apologies for the hetero-normative assumption here). In both cases I was engaging in a behavior that the other male found objectionable in some fashion. In one case, someone pushed me on a crowded train and I then bumped into the male who then assaulted me, in another case the assaultive male objected to my eosinophilic nasopharyngeal effluence and was, I suspect a germophobe with OCD and ASPD – a hypothesis that I generated from remembering earlier interactions he had with his wife in which he was extremely cold and disengaged with her when she was trying to find out how long the wait for his haircut would be. (Even if not making criteria for the personality disorder, he at least lacks any minimal ability to engage with his wife with any sort of empathy or compassion). In both cases, the male in question resorted to violent displays rather than verbal engagement, which also demonstrates the propensity of males to move towards physical displays and violence when negotiating situations of political ambiguity. I suspect that they were also triggered towards more violent displays by an instinct to protect their female partners. Interesting how the hetero-normative gender roles are elicited in times of emotional dysregulation.


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the problem with letting politicians run the show is that the skills needed to win elections are not necessarily the same skills needed to make important decisions. this is why we need to make sure that those who have the most power over others’ lives have the least power over their own.


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Being afraid of death is like being afraid of division by zero. To say you’re afraid of death is to say nothing at all.



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Even if I believe that I have accomplished nothing of value in my life, this thought is absolutely irrelevant to the few that I’ve actually helped.

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To say that Nietzsche was a misogynist is like saying that all the Jews should be killed. You’re responding to a piece of paper and not to a real living human being. And cruelty is the worst thing we do.



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to explain too much seems wrong to me. it takes words too seriously. they should just disturb people a little and then let go.



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