Saturday, 22 December 2012

To thine own self be true.

“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much-the wheel, New York, wars and so on-whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man-for precisely the same reasons.” - Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

"The wise man adapts himself to the world; The foolish man tries to adapt the world to himself, therefore all progress depends on the fool."

Nuclear power is the safest of all currently available energy production methods
(including wind, hydro and solar)

How tall can a Lego tower get? Apparently the answer is 3.5 km.
What they fail to see is that if things were different, however, wherever, whenever, we would be sure to ask the same questions.

"there is no sensible limit below which the risk of cancer is decreased. Therefore, even though light to moderate alcohol consumption might decrease the risk for cardiovascular disease and mortality, the net effect of alcohol is harmful."

"Thus, alcohol consumption should not be recommended to prevent cardiovascular disease or all cause mortality."

Though, on the other hand... Yet in general...

Perhaps this belong here as well...

The way I see it, is that your body and mind is a temple. You don't put anything harmful, ugly or unnecessary in there. Especially if it is permanent or semi-permanent in nature. You don't get dirt on it, or at least if you do, you wash it away. Intentionally and unnecessarily poisoning ones body doesn't make sense to me.

Small minded vanity, dishonest and inconsiderate behavior, lack of empathy, judgmentalness on a personal level, possibly the worst character traits there are. It is a weak mind which is in a constant need of affirmation and exhibits these character flaws. People make up big words and give fancy titles to themselves. They pretend to be important, live in self-deception. They obfuscate information and look down on people when failing to communicate. People should be ashamed of themselves. Most things are simple and mundane, it is the people who make it complicated. It is this artificial self importance, small-mindedness and petty pride which makes this world such a shitty place to live in. I feel people fear so much that someone will come and say their lives are meaningless and unimportant, but it is not the other people they should be afraid of, it is themselves.

We should eventually forgive people most of their human weaknesses, their ill-adjusted emotions, their lack of sophistication, their fears and insecurities, their stupidity, laziness and lack of competence, perhaps even their lack of civil manners, but not their unwillingness to develop their characters and to improve themselves. Not forgive them their failure of empathy or greed when it causes significant pain to others. However, we should also remember to not entirely forget anyone, ourselves included, it is also our failure to help the lesser of us who fail to help themselves.

"A true artist is never content. What makes a true artist is the realization that perfection will never be achieved, yet strives for it anyway." - Dylan Wineland

"I tell people I'm too stupid to know what's impossible. I have ridiculously large dreams, and half the time they come true." - Debi Thomas

"You know what's really crazy? Living with a human being. Something with feelings and opinions." - Gregory House

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." - Isaac Asimov

"Perhaps it's impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be." - Orson Scott Card

"You never know what is enough until you know what is more than enough." - William Blake's Proverbs of Hell

"Every true genius is bound to be naive." - Friedrich Schiller

"Be smarter than other people, just don't tell them so." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Bruce Wayne: People are dying, Alfred. What would you have me do?
Alfred Pennyworth: Endure, Master Wayne. Take it. They'll hate you for it, but that's the point of Batman, he can be the outcast. He can make the choice that no one else can make, the right choice.

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying." - Woody Allen

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us." - Charles Bukowski

"A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions." - Confucius

"Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder." - Aldous Huxley

"Never chase love, affection or attention, if it isn't given freely it isn't worth having."

I don't, in any universal sense, consider my life a success, nor do I consider it a failure. I don't think I'm better than anyone else, in any particular way. I think every human being is different and unique in their own ways, with their own little flaws and their own little strengths. I am different, but so is everyone else, some statistically perhaps more than others for a selected number of criteria, some in ways which are more personally pleasing to me than others, but I don't think this is particularly insightful, yet it sometimes seems worth repeating.

Guntrip observed that a sense of superiority accompanies self-sufficiency. "One has no need of other people, they can be dispensed with... There often goes with it a feeling of being different from other people." The sense of superiority of the schizoid has nothing to do with the grandiose self of the narcissistic disorder. It does not find expression in the schizoid through the need to devalue or annihilate others who are perceived as offending, criticizing, shaming, or humiliating. This type of superiority was described by a young schizoid man:
"If I am superior to others, if I am above others, then I do not need others. When I say that I am above others, it does not mean that I feel better than them, it means that I am at a distance from them, a safe distance."
It is a feeling of distance rather than of superiority.

"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant." - Karl Popper

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