“Have you suffered for knowledge’s sake?”--Nietzsche
To me Nietzsche is a Prometheus figure who paid dearly for engaging the gods and giving the flame to humankind. A brilliant mind and a broken body.
"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."
"Not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, does the enlightened man dislike to wade into its waters"
"One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly."
"The lie is a condition of life."
"We have art in order not to die of the truth."
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."
"There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings."
"This is the paradox of my existence: I have loved life passionately but have never dared to channel this love in the direction of normal erotic experience.... Why must my head split open with the roar of a thousand seas, I who loved the stillness of the mountains and walked alone through miles of utter silence?"
"A person can live only so long as he is drunk - drunk on wine, woman, ideas or Messianic passion. And in my Dionysian thirst I have been intoxicated with everything - even with the monkeydom of Darwin and the positivists. But try as I may I cannot go Buddhist and get drunk on death. The idea of sinking into nothing horrifies me; Like Dostoevsky I am overcome by the frozen horror of eternity; to sleep for a billion years and never again see the dawn rising above the mountains...never again...never again."
When a culture teaches its young that religious mythology is truth and that modern science is a conspiracy of lies then that culture will breed a generation of dogmatic stagnation not fluid exploration.
"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." George Orwell
"Telling a story is one of the most persuasive means of communication...How we persuade is how we deliver and tell our story to the jury. Storytelling is the most basic means of communication." -Gerry Spence, renowned Trial Attorney
"I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world." -Richard Dawkins
Sir Martin Rees - "I think it would be a real cultural deprivation if everyone could not share the mystery and wonder of the cosmos that modern science reveals to us the emergence, from simple beginnings, of stars and planets, and the intricate evolution on Earth of life and intelligence."
"This place makes me wonder," he asks, "which would be worse – to live as a monster, or to die as a good man?"
-Leonardo DiCaprio's Character in Shutter Island
It reminds me of Primo Levi's experience during the Holocaust when he said many of the good died quickly in the camps but the ones who were harder and more beast like lived and survived. A hard truth it is to think that the more honorable human is not the consistent survivor in life but rather the trivial and tedious human. The one Kierkegaard calls "Philistine".
"He who makes a beast of himself, gets rid of the pain of being a man." Samuel Johnson
Only by forgetting… can one live –Nietzsche
Religion not only was necessary for the human animal for its explanatory power but also for its power to suppress existential anxiety. To be smug about reality. Because they demand illusions, answered Freud, they "constantly give what is unreal precedence over what is real."
"It requires courage not to surrender oneself to the ingenious or compassionate counsels of despair that would induce a man to eliminate himself from the ranks of the living; but it does not follow from this that every huckster who is fattened and nourished in self-confidence has more courage than the man who yielded to despair." -Kierkegaard
"Our lives begin to end the day we are silent about things that matter" Dr. Martin Luther King
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Born in the United States of America. Spent my Childhood in Kenya, East Africa. Graduate of George Mason University in Global Affairs with a concentration in Africa and the Middle East. What I desire is not total agreement but thoughtful people. To share ideas and expand knowledge in the era of globalization.