But maybe that’s the way it should be. Maybe working on the little things as dutifully and honestly as we can is how we stay sane when the world is falling apart.
—― Haruki Murakami, “Samsa in Love”
What are the effects on the American idea of Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, PATRIOT Acts I and II, warrantless surveillance, Executive Order 13233, corporate contractors performing military functions, the Military Commissions Act, NSPD 51, etc., etc.? Assume for a moment that some of these measures really have helped make our persons and property safer – are they worth it? Where and when was the public debate on whether they’re worth it? Was there no such debate because we’re not capable of having or demanding one? Why not? Have we actually become so selfish and scared that we don’t even want to consider whether some things trump safety? What kind of future does that augur?
—David Foster Wallace, 2007 (via penamerican)
While there is a lower class, I am in it. While there is a criminal class, I am of it. While there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
The entire history of the world is nothing more than a book of images that reflect the blindest and most violent of human desires: the desire to forget.
The open mind and the receptive heart — which are at last and with fortune’s smile the informed mind and the experienced heart — are to be gained anywhere, any time, without necessarily moving an inch from any present address.
That’s why I don’t watch horror alone..or ever.