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I know, I know, I think too much...

Tom V.
16 May 1986
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Favorite thoughts from other people

"Masks bought to provide clones with the illusion of individuality" - Clive Hamilton [in reference to consumer culture]

"If economic rationale had developed any earlier, we would never have evolved from the priordeal ooze we came from because it wasn't immediately profitable" - Shelley Gare

"First they ignore you... Then they laugh at you... Then they fight you... Then you win..." - Gandhi

"I believe that one's obligations to society grows in proportion to how much one had benefitted" - Bill Gates

"It does not matter how slow you go, as long as you don't stop" - Confucious

"Insanity in individuals is rare, but in groups, parties, nations, epochs, it is the rule" - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Consistensy is the last refuge of the unimaginative" - Oscar Wilde

"The unexamined life is not worth living" - Socrates

"The best state for human nature is that in which, while no one is poor, no one desires to be any richer, not has any reason to fear to be thrust back by the efforts of others trying to get themselves forward" - John Stuart Mill

"It is not what they're doing to you... It is what you're not doing" - Bill Cosby

"When you have nothing in the city, you feel like nothing. But when you have nothing in the wilderness, you feel invincible" - Jo

"Everything begins in Mysticism and ends in Politics" - Charles Peguy

"Nothing is true, everything is allowed" - Unknown

"The only transcendental theology is solidarity" - Osvaldo Bayer

"Rats get fat, while good men die" - Mike Giant

"All knowledge stems from experience" - Immanuel Kant

"Thy need is greater than mine" - Unknowm

"I am what I am because of who we all are" - Ubuntu

"A cynic is someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing" - Oscar Wilde

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought" - Buddha

"Without struggle, there is no progress" - Frederick Douglas

"What is the point of seeking evidence in support of a lie? You might as well speak the truth." - Oscar Wilde.

"The door is open, the road transformed. The exit code to civilisation is hacked beyond despair, chased by the moon toward the freeing sun, on our journey to light. This is an open plea to the beautiful insanity of your hearts. It is time to consummate the kiss of oblivion into the obsidian of love!"
- Serj Tankian

Favorite thoughts from myself

A Protest is a tidal wave of ideas. Leaders hate protests because they are tidal waves of ideas better than theirs.

Why are there so few people ever asking “why”?

I like to look at the present and ask “why?”, then look at the future and ask “why not”?

Controversy is nothing more than being encouraged to think about things which we are falsely taught not to think about.

We are taught to fear more than we are taught to trust, unfortunately.

We are who we are and we can be who we want to be because of protest. Because of those who were brave enough to stand up against those who assumed power, we the people have gained fundamental human rights that we now could not imagine life without.

Social movements in their essence will succeed because there are too few to be divided and too many to be defeated.

Expectations are really just limitations.

We should all be able to transcend conventional methods of thinking. Up to the point where there are no longer conventional methods of thinking, only individual methods of thinking about shared human issues.

Money doesn’t buy us happiness. It can however buy us temporary contentment which we then wrongly interpret as happiness (probably because we are told to do so…)

It’s always easier to see the evil in other eyes than to look in the mirror and to see the evil in your own.

Dreams are an imaginative perception of our self-perceived reality.

Art is a physical representation of our imagination, and imagination is an eternal reality.

The meaning of life is to find meaning in one’s life.
We are made to believe that money buys us freedom, whereas in essence it only crushes us with needless responsibility.

Social institutions exist to be questioned, not to be taken at face value.

If a person does not spend their life earning people’s respect, why should the living respect them when they die? Does death absolve all wrongdoings of life?

“Weird” is a state of mind, enforced by a social construct.

The best writers are the ones that can manipulate a limited language to convey unlimited thoughts.

Perfection is depth within simplicity.

When you say a word, you not only say the word itself, but also all the connotations, feelings and emotions that the word has portrayed throughout time.

We are not black or white, yes or no, left or right. We are one, we are everything and we are everything in between.

The white people got everything that they never deserved or earn’t where the black people lost everything that they always deserved and had earn’t.
[In reference to the white conquest of Australia.]

There is no one definite, defining truth, there are only countless, ever-evolving, socially constructed truths.

You must always question the orders that you are given. If the order is right then the one who questions, who received the order, will understand it better. If the order is wrong, then the one who gave the order will understand it better.

It is easy to shut out what you don’t believe in, but it is much harder to take in what you do believe in.

In essence, life is about the totality of your experiences which solidify your identity. It is as much about the failures as it is about the successes, because after all, without failures, your successes would be meaningless. Yes we need more love, but we need just as much value hate. After all, we all need to have our hearts beating faster every day.