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  • #1
    “I have crippling depression.”
    iDubbbz

  • #2
    Noam Chomsky
    “We shouldn't be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #3
    “Welcome... to the Filthy Frank Show. If you're feeling suicidal, you've come to the right place. 'Cause I wanna fucking kill myself as well.”
    George Miller

  • #4
    “Where must we go, we who wander this wasteland, in search of our better selves.”
    George Miller

  • #5
    U.G. Krishnamurti
    “Don't follow me, I'm lost.”
    UG Krishnamurti, Thought Is Your Enemy: Conversations With U.G. Krishnamurti

  • #6
    U.G. Krishnamurti
    “Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque. ”
    U. G. Krishnamurti

  • #7
    U.G. Krishnamurti
    “The plain fact is that if you don't have a problem, you create one. If you don't have a problem you don't feel that you are living.”
    U.G. Krishnamurti, No Way Out

  • #8
    Thomas Ligotti
    “To my mind, a well-developed sense of humor is the surest indication of a person's humanity, no matter how black and bitter that humor may be.”
    Thomas Ligotti

  • #9
    Thomas Ligotti
    “This is the great lesson the depressive learns: Nothing in the world is inherently compelling. Whatever may be really “out there” cannot project itself as an affective experience. It is all a vacuous affair with only a chemical prestige. Nothing is either good or bad, desirable or undesirable, or anything else except that it is made so by laboratories inside us producing the emotions on which we live. And to live on our emotions is to live arbitrarily, inaccurately—imparting meaning to what has none of its own. Yet what other way is there to live? Without the ever-clanking machinery of emotion, everything would come to a standstill. There would be nothing to do, nowhere to go, nothing to be, and no one to know. The alternatives are clear: to live falsely as pawns of affect, or to live factually as depressives, or as individuals who know what is known to the depressive. How advantageous that we are not coerced into choosing one or the other, neither choice being excellent. One look at human existence is proof enough that our species will not be released from the stranglehold of emotionalism that anchors it to hallucinations. That may be no way to live, but to opt for depression would be to opt out of existence as we consciously know it.”
    Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

  • #10
    Thomas Ligotti
    “For the rest of the earth’s organisms, existence is relatively uncomplicated. Their lives are about three things: survival, reproduction, death—and nothing else. But we know too much to content ourselves with surviving, reproducing, dying—and nothing else. We know we are alive and know we will die. We also know we will suffer during our lives before suffering—slowly or quickly—as we draw near to death. This is the knowledge we “enjoy” as the most intelligent organisms to gush from the womb of nature. And being so, we feel shortchanged if there is nothing else for us than to survive, reproduce, and die. We want there to be more to it than that, or to think there is. This is the tragedy: Consciousness has forced us into the paradoxical position of striving to be unself-conscious of what we are—hunks of spoiling flesh on disintegrating bones.”
    Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

  • #11
    Thomas Ligotti
    “There seems to be an inborn drive in all human beings not to live in a steady emotional state, which would suggest that such a state is not tolerable to most people. Why else would someone succumb to the attractions of romantic love more than once? Didn’t they learn their lesson the first time or the tenth time or the twentieth time? And it’s the same old lesson: everything in this life—I repeat, everything—is more trouble than it’s worth. And simply being alive is the basic trouble. This is something that is more recognized in Eastern societies than in the West. There’s a minor tradition in Greek philosophy that instructs us to seek a state of equanimity rather than one of ecstasy, but it never really caught on for obvious reasons. Buddhism advises its practitioners not to seek highs or lows but to follow a middle path to personal salvation from the painful cravings of the average sensual life, which is why it was pretty much reviled by the masses and mutated into forms more suited to human drives and desires. It seems evident that very few people can simply sit still. Children spin in circles until they collapse with dizziness.”
    Thomas Ligotti

  • #12
    Thomas Ligotti
    “No other life forms know they are alive, and neither do they know they will die. This is our curse alone. Without this hex upon our heads, we would never have withdrawn as far as we have from the natural—so far and for such a time that it is a relief to say what we have been trying with our all not to say: We have long since been denizens of the natural world. Everywhere around us are natural habitats, but within us is the shiver of startling and dreadful things. Simply put: We are not from here. If we vanished tomorrow, no organism on this planet would miss us. Nothing in nature needs us.”
    Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

  • #13
    Thomas Ligotti
    “It has always seemed to me that my existence consisted purely and exclusively of nothing but the most outrageous nonsense.”
    Thomas Ligotti, Teatro Grottesco

  • #14
    Thomas Ligotti
    “The human phenomenon is but the sum
    Of densely coiled layers of illusion
    Each of which winds itself on the supreme insanity
    That there are persons of any kind
    When all there can be is mindless mirrors
    Laughing and screaming as they parade about
    in an endless dream

    Thomas Ligotti

  • #15
    Thomas Ligotti
    “Let's say it once and for all: Poe and Lovecraft - not to mention a Bruno Schulz or a Franz Kafka - were what the world at large would consider extremely disturbed individuals. And most people who are that disturbed are not able to create works of fiction. These and other names I could mention are people who are just on the cusp of total psychological derangement. Sometimes they cross over and fall into the province of 'outsider artists.' That's where the future development of horror fiction lies - in the next person who is almost too emotionally and psychologically damaged to live in the world but not too damaged to produce fiction.”
    Thomas Ligotti

  • #16
    Thomas Ligotti
    “As history confirms, people will change their minds about almost anything, from which god they worship to how they style their hair. But when it comes to existential judgments, human beings in general have an unfalteringly good opinion of themselves and their condition in this world and are steadfastly confident they are not a collection of self-conscious nothings.”
    Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

  • #17
    Thomas Ligotti
    “No one gives up on something until it turns on them, whether or not that thing is real or unreal.”
    Thomas Ligotti, Teatro Grottesco

  • #18
    Thomas Ligotti
    “Most people learn to save themselves by artificially limiting the content of consciousness.”
    Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror

  • #19
    Thomas Ligotti
    “Madness, mayhem, erotic vandalism, devastation of innumerable souls - while we scream and perish, History licks a finger and turns the page.”
    Thomas Ligotti

  • #20
    Thomas Ligotti
    “If truth is what you seek, then the examined life will only take you on a long ride to the limits of solitude and leave you by the side of the road with your truth and nothing else.”
    Thomas Ligotti , The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

  • #21
    Thomas Ligotti
    “As a survival-happy species, our successes are calculated in the number of years we have extended our lives, with the reduction of suffering being only incidental to this aim. To stay alive under almost any circumstances is a sickness with us. Nothing could be more unhealthy than to “watch one’s health” as a means of stalling death. The lengths we will go as procrastinators of that last gasp only demonstrate a morbid dread of that event. By contrast, our fear of suffering is deficient.”
    Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

  • #22
    Thomas Ligotti
    “The only value of this world lay in its power - at certain times - to suggest another world.”
    Thomas Ligotti, Songs of a Dead Dreamer

  • #23
    Thomas Ligotti
    “This, then, is the ultimate, that is only, consolation: simply that someone shares some of your own feelings and has made of these a work of art which you have the insight, sensitivity, and — like it or not — peculiar set of experiences to appreciate. Amazing thing to say, the consolation of horror in art is that it actually intensifies our panic, loudens it on the sounding-board of our horror-hollowed hearts, turns terror up full blast, all the while reaching for that perfect and deafening amplitude at which we may dance to the bizarre music of our own misery.”
    Thomas Ligotti, The Nightmare Factory

  • #24
    Thomas Ligotti
    “Within the hierarchy of fabrications that compose our lives—families, countries, gods—the self incontestably ranks highest. Just below the self is the family, which has proven itself more durable than national or ethnic affiliations, with these in turn outranking god-figures for their staying power. So any progress toward the salvation of humankind will probably begin from the bottom—when our gods have been devalued to the status of refrigerator magnets or lawn ornaments. Following the death rattle of deities, it would appear that nations or ethnic communities are next in line for the boneyard. Only after fealty to countries, gods, and families has been shucked off can we even think about coming to grips with the least endangered of fabrications—the self.”
    Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

  • #25
    Thomas Ligotti
    “What makes a nightmare nightmarish is the sense that something is happening that should not be. While nightmares are the most convenient reference point for this sense of the impossible, the unthinkable, as something that is actually happening, it is not restricted to our sleeping hours.”
    Thomas Ligotti, The Shadow at the Bottom of the World

  • #26
    Thomas Ligotti
    “For optimists, human life never needs justification, no matter how much hurt piles up, because they can always tell themselves that things will get better. For pessimists, there is no amount of happiness—should such a thing as happiness even obtain for human beings except as a misconception—that can compensate us for life’s hurt. As a worst-case example, a pessimist might refer to the hurt caused by some natural or human-made cataclysm. To adduce a hedonic counterpart to the horrors that attach to such cataclysms would require a degree of ingenuity from an optimist, but it could be done. And the reason it could be done, the reason for the eternal stalemate between optimists and pessimists, is that no possible formula can be established to measure proportions and types of hurt and happiness in the world. If such a formula could be established, then either pessimists or optimists would have to give in to their adversaries.”
    Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

  • #27
    Thomas Ligotti
    “A: There is no grand scheme of things.
    B: If there were a grand scheme of things, the fact – the fact – that we are not equipped to perceive it, either by natural or supernatural means, is a nightmarish obscenity.
    C: The very notion of a grand scheme of things is a nightmarish obscenity.”
    Thomas Ligotti

  • #28
    Thomas Ligotti
    “How much nonsense can we take in our lives? And is there any way we can escape it? No, there is not. We are doomed to all kinds of nonsense: the pain nonsense, the nightmare nonsense, the sweat and slave nonsense, and many other shapes and sizes of insufferable nonsense. It is brought to us on a plate, and we must eat it up or face the death nonsense.7”
    Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror

  • #29
    Thomas Ligotti
    “I know in a way I never knew before that there is nowhere for me to go, nothing for me to do, and no one for me to know. The voice in my head keeps reciting these old principles of mine. The voice is his voice, and the voice is also my voice. And there are other voices, voices I have never heard before, voices that seem to be either dead or dying in a great moonlit darkness. More than ever, some sort of new arrangement seems in order, some dramatic and unknown arrangement -- anything to find release from this heartbreaking sadness I suffer every minute of the day (and night), this killing sadness that feels as if it will never leave me no matter where I go or what I do or whom I may ever know.”
    Thomas Ligotti, The Nightmare Factory

  • #30
    Thomas Ligotti
    “Also worthy of mention is a clique among the suicidal for whom the meaning of their act is a darker thing. Frustrated as perpetrators of an all-inclusive extermination, they would kill themselves only because killing it all is closed off to them. They hate having been delivered into a world only to be told, by and by, “This way to the abattoir, Ladies and Gentlemen.” They despise the conspiracy of Lies for Life almost as much as they despise themselves for being a party to it. If they could unmake the world by pushing a button, they would do so without a second thought. There is no satisfaction in a lonesome suicide. The phenomenon of “suicide euphoria” aside, there is only fear, bitterness, or depression beforehand, then the troublesomeness of the method, and nothingness afterward. But to push that button, to depopulate this earth and arrest its rotation as well—what satisfaction, as of a job prettily done. This would be for the good of all, for even those who know nothing about the conspiracy against the human race are among its injured parties.”
    Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race



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