Archive of March 2014

Mar 28, 2014

That's the best revenge of all: happiness. Nothing drives people crazier than seeing someone have a good fucking life.
— Chuck Palahniuk
There is no why. We are. Life is beyond reason.
— George Lucas

Mar 27, 2014

Die amerikanische Arzneimittelzulassungsbehörde FDA hat einen Rückruf für sechs homöopathische Mittel der Firma Terra-Medica veröffentlicht, weil diese offenbar Wirkstoffe enthalten.

Mar 23, 2014

We're in the territory, here, of the ineffable: the stuff we can't express because it's beyond the power of language to do so. Explanations aren't merely useless; they threaten to get in the way. The experience of a thin place feels special because words fail, leaving stunned silence. “Anybody who goes through life with open mind and open heart will encounter these moments of revelation,” writes Roger Scruton, the philosopher. “Moments that are saturated with meaning, but whose meaning cannot be put into words.”

Mar 20, 2014

The theologian Alvin Plantinga claims once to have visited a university department where one elderly, frail professor was a solipsist. “We take very good care of him,” a younger academic told Plantinga, “because when he goes, we all go…”

Mar 10, 2014

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore, Dream, Discover.
— Mark Twain
Die Glücklichen sind neugierig.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

Mar 5, 2014

Consistent with our shrinking attention span, demand for immediate gratification, intolerance for hard work, rebuttal of experiential value, and general (illusory) sense of entitlement to the good life, this hack ethos is emblematic of our obsessive modern imperative for immediacy — the drive to turbocharge, accelerate, optimize, scramble, quicken and hasten our way to maximum health, fitness, professional success and ultimately happiness. A hell-bent zeal to quick-fix ourselves to overnight six-pack abs, envious wealth, limitless free time, and in some ways I suppose, salvation.

Mar 3, 2014

Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.