Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force.
I cannot tell a lie.
(pk adds: I love that meta-lie (a lie about lying) in the same way I love the liar’s paradox, “This sentence is a lie.” They shimmer.)
The menu is not the meal.
(we don’t know what)
is doing something
(we don’t know what).
(citing others on the electron)
(& pk (on the cosmos, citing Alan Watts))
The monstrous fraud of civilization glared stark before his eyes; he saw it as a vast lunatic growth, producing a deepening torrent of savagery below, and above ever more flimsy gentility and silly wastefulness.
He who is unaware of his ignorance will be only misled by his knowledge.
The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.
A gentleman is someone who never offends another … unintentionally
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
Seek simplicity: and distrust it.
Plurality ought not to be posited without necessity.
Never increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything.
(Where you don’t and can’t know, trust the simplest answer.)
Morals are the memory of success that no longer succeeds.
It isn’t true unless it makes you laugh
but you don’t understand it until it makes you weep.
Rent and interest: what we laughingly call civilization
All new laws create new criminals.
You cannot understand a man’s actions unless you understand his beliefs.
If marriage were outlawed, only outlaws would have in-laws.
The model is not the muddle.
Note that Wilson’s point is not the same as Korzybski’s in the famous statement it’s modeled on.
Resistance to new information … has a strong neurological foundation in all animals, as indicated by studies of imprinting and conditioning. Most animals, including most domesticated primates (humans) show a truly staggering ability to “ignore” certain kinds of information — that which does not “fit” their imprinted / conditioned reality-tunnel. We generally call this “conservatism” or “stupidity”, but it appears in all parts of the political spectrum, and in learned societies as well as in the Ku Klux Klan.
I regard a ‘cult’ as a religion small enough to be easily victimized by the authorities and a religion as a cult big enough to force the authorities to treat it with respect. And that is the only difference I see.
Die Welt ist alles, was der Fall ist.
The world is all that is the case.
I am sitting with a philosopher in the garden; he says again and again “I know that that’s a tree,” pointing to a tree that is near us. Someone else arrives and hears this, and I tell him: “This fellow isn’t insane. We’re only doing philosophy.”
Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
The world of those who are happy is different from the world of those who are not.
Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.
Real things can happen only locally … the local is the global at work.
The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment.
I was forced at an early age to chose between hypocritical humility and honest arrogance.
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