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A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
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The Black Banners by Ali H. Soufan
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Contact by Carl Sagan
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“If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth.”
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This Is Water by David Foster Wallace
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This is a reading that I like to revisit every few months as, I guess, a weird form of introspection. Skip the cash grab of a book and just listen to the full speech online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhhC_.... It's powerful and poignant.
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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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The Invention of Religion by Alexander Drake
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This Is Water by David Foster Wallace
“Because here's something else that's weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship--be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles--is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It's the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It's been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skele ...more David Foster Wallace
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C.G. Jung
“Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you.”
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R.A. Salvatore
“Is yours an honest lament? ... Most are not, you know. Most self-imposed burdens are founded on misperceptions. We - at least we of sincere character - always judge ourselves by stricter standards than we expect others to abide by. It is a curse, I suppose, or a blessing, depending on how one views it... Take it as a blessing, my friend, an inner calling that forces you to strive to unattainable heights.”
R.A. Salvatore, Sojourn

Carl Sagan
“I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness...

The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance”
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Carl Sagan
“These days, there seems to be nowhere left to explore. Victims of their very success, the explorers now, pretty much, stay home. Maybe it's a little early- maybe the time is not quite yet- but those other worlds, promising untold opportunities, beckon. Just now, there a great many mattters that are pressing in on us that compete for the money it takes to send people to other worlds. Should we solve those problems first, or are they a reason for going? Our planet and our solar system are surrounded by a New World ocean: the depths of space. It is no more impassable than the last.”
Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan
“If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth.”
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