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The Gay Science (Joyous Wisdom)

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By Friedrish Nietzsche

Have you not heard of that madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours, ran to the market-place, and cried incessantly: “I am looking for God! I am looking for God!”

As many of those who did not believe in God were standing together there, he excited considerable laughter. Have you lost him, then? said one. Did he lose his way like a child? said another. Or is he hiding? Is he afraid of us? Has he gone on a voyage? or emigrated? Thus they shouted and laughed. The madman sprang into their midst and pierced them with his glances.

“Where has God gone?” he cried. “I shall tell you. We have killed him – you and I. We are his murderers. But how have we done this? How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What did we do when we unchained the earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving now? Away from all suns? Are we not perpetually falling? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there any up or down left? Are we not straying as through an infinite nothing? Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Has it not become colder? Is it not more and more night coming on all the time? Must not lanterns be lit in the morning? Do we not hear anything yet of the noise of the gravediggers who are burying God? Do we not smell anything yet of God’s decomposition? Gods too decompose. God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we, murderers of all murderers, console ourselves? That which was the holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet possessed has bled to death under our knives. Who will wipe this blood off us? With what water could we purify ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we need to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we not ourselves become gods simply to be worthy of it? There has never been a greater deed; and whosoever shall be born after us – for the sake of this deed he shall be part of a higher history than all history hitherto.”

Here the madman fell silent and again regarded his listeners; and they too were silent and stared at him in astonishment. At last he threw his lantern to the ground, and it broke and went out. “I have come too early,” he said then; “my time has not come yet. The tremendous event is still on its way, still travelling – it has not yet reached the ears of men. Lightning and thunder require time, the light of the stars requires time, deeds require time even after they are done, before they can be seen and heard. This deed is still more distant from them than the distant stars – and yet they have done it themselves.”

It has been further related that on that same day the madman entered divers churches and there sang a requiem aeternam deo. Led out and quietened, he is said to have retorted each time: “what are these churches now if they are not the tombs and sepulchres of God?”

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January 29, 2011 at 11:40 pm

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Death of an Interior Decorator

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By Death Cab for Cutie

The girls were all there
They traded their vows
The youngest one glared with furrowed brows
They tenderly kissed then cut the cake
The bride then tripped and broke the vase
The one you thought would span the years
So perfectly placed below the mirror
Arriving late you clean the debris
And walked into the angry scene

It felt just like falling in love again
And it felt just like falling in love again.

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January 29, 2011 at 10:05 pm

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Apologies Don’t Work Very Well

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“The expectations for an apology to make us feel better and even forget about the bad things that have happened are overestimated,” says study co-author David De Cremer of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. “In light of fraud cases, the financial crisis, the moral escalation that people seem to witness in contemporary society, there is a cry for apologies, such that we seem to live in an apology culture.”

The only consistent real benefit to apologies, the study found, is that they are reliable ways to restore social order. Apologies and the acceptance of apologies are largely a scripted dance in today’s society, so people often feel compelled to go along with them whether or not they honestly feel better about anything.

Maybe we should focus on sincerity more than simply whether or not someone says the words “I’m sorry.”

 

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January 29, 2011 at 12:02 am

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A First American Views His Land

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By N. Scott Momaday

“…the American Indian has a unique investment in the American landscape. It is an investment that has represented thirty thousand years of habitation. That tenure has to be worth sometime in itself– a great deal, in fact. The Indian has been here a long time; he is at home here. That simple and obvious truth is one of the most important realities of the Indian world, and it is integral in the Indian mind and spirit. How does such a concept evolve? Where does it begin? Perhaps it begins with the recognition of beauty, the realization that we physical world IS beautiful…”

 

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January 28, 2011 at 11:54 pm

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Things that would only happen to me in a co-op.

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1. I walk in at 1AM and get asked “So.. what do you think of this world.”

2. See people from my farming class… in my kitchen.

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January 19, 2011 at 6:31 pm

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Pursuit Of Happiness

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I’m On The Pursuit Of Happiness
And I Know Everything That Shines Ain’t Always Gonna Be Gold
I’ll Be Fine Once I Get It
I’ll Be Good.

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January 12, 2011 at 11:24 pm

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Sarah Palin makes me want to move to Canada.

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Sarah Palin: “Conservationists write me these nasty letters because I support an industry like this… They write me these nasty letters using their pretty little pencils on their pretty little stationery not realizing. Where do you think your pencil and your piece of paper came from, people? It came from a tree that was harvested.”

If Palin wants to have a proper debate about the value of conservation, it would be much healthier for her to stop relying on outmoded photo ops and statements like this last one to make a strong argument. Maybe she could do some actual research (that means reading) and learn that many paper manufacturers are now harvesting trees from forests that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, whose mission is to develop standards to responsibly harvest trees and work with the industry in making it so. This gives both manufacturers and consumers a stake in what kind of paper is available for purchase. There are also pencil manufacturers that are now using recycled wood products as well.

Of course, the good news is that as long as Palin makes comments along these lines, she’ll help keep discussion about our environment alive.

(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonathan-a-schein/sarah-palin-an-environmen_b_804461.html)

 

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January 5, 2011 at 1:42 am

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