1. Happy Birthday G. E. Moore (4 Nov 1873 – 24 Oct 1958)

    Thank you for Principia Ethica, your paradox, and your attempts to prove the existence of the external world. You paved the way for Wittgenstein, hung out with Russell and were, by all accounts, a convivial and generous fellow. Here you are:

    "It may be thought that my contention is unimportant, but that is no ground for thinking that I am not in the right. What I am concerned with is knowledge only - that we should think correctly and so far arrive at some truth, however unimportant: I do not say that such knowledge will make us more useful members of society. If any one does not care for knowledge for its own sake, then I have nothing to say to him; only it should not be though that a lack of interest in what I have to say is any ground for holding it untrue."

     
  2. The universe is nothing but a furtive arrangement of elementary particles. A figure in transition toward chaos. That is what will finally prevail. The human race will disappear. Other races in turn will appear and disappear. The skies will be glacial and empty, traversed by the feeble light of half-dead stars. These too will disappear. Everything will disappear. And human actions are as free and as stripped of meaning as the unfettered movements of the elementary particles.
    — Michel Houellebecq - H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life 
     
  3. 19:10 28th Oct 2011

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“Tell me about yourself, when you have nothing better to do. Work as much as you can: that is still the best way. The moral of Candide, ‘we must cultivate our gardens,’ must be must be the rule for people like us, those ‘who haven’t found the answer.’ Does one, in fact, ever find it? And when one does, one seeks something else.”

-Flaubert, in a letter to Amélie Bosque 
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    invisiblestories:

    “Tell me about yourself, when you have nothing better to do. Work as much as you can: that is still the best way. The moral of Candide, ‘we must cultivate our gardens,’ must be must be the rule for people like us, those ‘who haven’t found the answer.’ Does one, in fact, ever find it? And when one does, one seeks something else.”

    -Flaubert, in a letter to Amélie Bosque 

    nelmezzodelcammin and mythologyofblue)

    Photograph by Valéry Lorenzo

     
  4. timeimmemorial:


    Existential Vacuum — The psychological condition in which a person doubts that life has any meaning. This new neurosis is characterized by loss of interest and lack of initiative. According to Viktor Frankl, the existential vacuum is apparently a concomitant of industrialization. When neither instinct nor social tradition direct man toward what he ought to do, soon he will not even know what he wants to do, and the existential vacuum results.

    Because of social pressure, individualism is rejected by most people in favor of conformity. Thus the individual relies mainly upon the actions of others and neglects the meaning of his own personal life. Hence he sees his own life as meaningless and falls into the “existential vacuum” feeling inner void. Progressive automation causes increasing alcoholism, juvenile delinquency, and suicide. 
    — Victor Frankl

    And what of a person who accepts the vacuum and dances in its lovely meaninglessness? Anything but the vacuum seems to me a cage. 

    (Source: fuckyeahexistentialism)

     
  5. via This Recording

     
  6. 10:06

    Notes: 15

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    I was wise, if you like, because I was prepared for death at any moment, but not because I had taken care of everything that was given to me to do, rather because I had done none of it and could not even hope ever to do any of it.
    This morning, for the first time in a long time, the joy again of imagining a knife twisted in my heart.
    - Kafka, Diaries
     
  7. 09:13 25th Oct 2011

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  10. Tom Waits reading ‘The Laughing Heart’ by Charles Bukowski.