• the way we have of knowing ourselves is through what others believe about us.
    Wednesday, February 1, 2017
  • Sometimes I think we've eaten so much shit that we've acquired a taste for it.
    Wednesday, February 1, 2017
  • To us the Aztec universe may appear irrational, terrifying, murderous in its brutality; and yet it is a mirror held up to our humanity which we ignore at our cost. For in the name of other ideals and other gods Western culture has been no less addicted to killing, even in our own century.
    Sunday, November 6, 2016
  • Myth is not truth but reality, and therefore every myth becomes the father of innumerable truths on the abstract level. Myth is the mountain whence all the different streams arise which become truths down here in the valley.
    Sunday, November 6, 2016
  • Beauty is pain and there's beauty in everything.
    Sunday, November 6, 2016
  • When you have any type of intimacy present on screen or the page, it has to make as much conflict as it resolves.
    Friday, October 21, 2016
  • The Hellespont, said her grandfather, had two competing currents, one flowing north and the other south; an apt and suitable metaphor for the sad history there, as he said.
    Friday, October 14, 2016
  • Neither of them seemed to care overmuch about politics or popular culture or the making of money, the usual seas on which Americans sail.
    Friday, October 14, 2016
  • This is what happens when boring white people are isolated on an island for a really long time.
    Tuesday, October 4, 2016
  • As so often, the determination of one individual was enough to dishearten those whose courage was mob-derived.
    Monday, October 3, 2016
  • while courage is not in itself one of the primary virtues, it is the quality that makes the exercise of the virtues possible.
    Sunday, October 2, 2016
  • de omnibus disputandum (“everything must be doubted”)
    Sunday, October 2, 2016
  • It is only those who hope to transform humans who end up burning them, like the waste product of a failed experiment.
    Sunday, October 2, 2016
  • The Swiss prefer banking and public-sector jobs. Northern Italians, by contrast, value industrial work and have the technical skills he needs. 
    Friday, September 23, 2016
  • Revolution is like Saturn, it devours its own children.
    Thursday, September 22, 2016
  • If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, I would choose — because it contains all the others — the fact that they were the people who created the phrase 'to make money'.
    Tuesday, September 13, 2016
  • [Singapore] is like the parent that you never wanted.
    Thursday, September 8, 2016
  • truth is i love you more than i wanted to
    Thursday, September 8, 2016
  • He was a practical person and never undertook anything without a prospect of gain for himself.
    Thursday, August 25, 2016
  • “You have desires and so satisfy them, for you have the same rights as the most rich and powerful. Don't be afraid of satisfying them and even multiply your desires.” That is the modern doctrine of the world. In that they see freedom.
    Thursday, August 25, 2016
  • For blood cries out for blood, and he that taketh up the sword shall perish by the sword.
    Thursday, August 25, 2016
  • Something inside of me / Feels like I've been wanting you forever
    Sunday, August 21, 2016
  • Welcome to the New World, you could hear the men say / As they sat on the shores of Guantanamo Bay
    Sunday, August 21, 2016
  • You reign under a broken crown / Archangel of the underground
    Saturday, August 20, 2016
  • The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway.
    Saturday, August 20, 2016

the way we have of knowing ourselves is through what others believe about us.

the way we have of knowing ourselves is through what others believe about us.

Feb 1, 2017

We don’t know anything about ourselves. We know that who we think we are is constructed by others, those whom we think we know everything about. Don’t think I’m talking about being curious, about poking around in other people’s lives and then gossiping. I’m talking about something different: the way we have of knowing ourselves is through what others believe about us. We resemble the creature invented by others more than you might imagine. Mostly because it’s more comfortable, and it saves you the trouble of going around clearing things up. The maddening part is that you can’t stand it when others control aspects of you that you yourself are unaware of, whether through ignorance, indifference, or because it’s better not to see yourself projected in that person others say you are. But you’ve also got to admit that it’s more reassuring to resemble the person that others have constructed than to construct yourself, to go to the trouble of taking action to destroy the myth, arguing with the others, showing them they have a false idea of who you are. Tell me the point of getting involved in this polemic. I’m not who you think. Come on, do you think I’m a. You thought I was a. Useless, this debate. What does a person gain by being himself. What loyalty to what principles is a person supposed to profess if, in the end, we negotiate, because if you like this place, nature, the forest, the sea, if you want to stay, you have to come to terms.

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