Culture Critique Quotes

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Erich Fromm
“It is naively assumed that the fact that the majority of people share certain ideas and feelings proves the validity of these ideas and feelings. Nothing could be further from the truth. Consensual validation as such has no bearing on reason or mental health.”
Erich Fromm

Peter Kreeft
“Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces "nice" people, not heroes.”
Peter Kreeft, Jesus-Shock

“Obi-Wan Kenobi once said ‘your eyes can deceive you, don’t trust them.’ It seems to be getting harder. Distinguishing reality from the illusions people make for us, or the ones we make for ourselves. I don’t know, maybe that’s part of the plan, to make me think I’m crazy…it’s working.”
Huey Freeman

Theodor W. Adorno
“What can oppose the decline of the west is not a resurrected culture but the utopia that is silently contained in the image of its decline.”
Theodor W. Adorno

Caitlin Doughty
“A culture that denies death is a barrier to achieving a good death. Overcoming our fears and wild misconceptions about death will be no small task, but we shouldn't forget how quickly other cultural prejudices--racism, sexism, homophobia--have begun to topple in the recent past. It is high time death had its own moment of truth.”
Caitlin Doughty, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

Theodor W. Adorno
“Laughing in the cultural industry is mockery of happiness.”
Theodor W. Adorno

Slavoj Žižek
“It is more satisfying to sacrifice oneself for the poor victim than to enable the other to overcome their victim status and perhaps become even more succesfull than ourselves”
Slavoj Žižek, Living in the End Times

“Foreigners are sending messages to the planets. We are sending rice and cereals to our dead fore-father through the Brahmins. It is a wise deed?”
Periyar E.V. Ramasamy

Francis A. Schaeffer
“Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire said that the following five attributes marked Rome at its end: first, a mounting love of show and luxury (that is, affluence); second, a widening gap between the very rich and the very poor (this could be among countries in the family of nations as well as in a single nation); third, an obsession with sex; fourth, freakishness in the arts, masquerading as originality, and enthusiasms pretending to be creativity; fifth, an increased desire to live off the state. It all sounds so familiar. We have come a long road since our first chapter, and we are back in Rome.”
Francis A. Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture

James A. McLaughlin
“He found it puzzling that so many rural people were hostile to, even terrified of, the place where they lived. It wasn't just that hard-working country folk had no time for the precious concerns of the effete urban environmentalists, what amazed Rice was how you could spend your whole life physically immersed in a particular ecological system and yet remain blinded to it by superstition, tradition, prejudice. Out west, it was ranchers' holy war on predators and their veneration of Indo-European domestic animals they husbanded on land too dry to support them. Here in the Appalachians, you saw rugged country men who refused to walk in the woods all summer because they were scared of snakes.”
James A. McLaughlin, Bearskin

“We live in the world with you. We do not forsake forum or bath or workshop, or inn, or market, or any other place of commerce. We sail with you, fight with you, farm with you.”
Tertullian, Tertullian: Apology, de Spectaculis, And, Minucius Felix

Lisa Kemmerer
“Oppressions are by definition linked--linked by common ideologies, by institutional forces, and by socialization that makes oppressions normative and invisible.”
Lisa Kemmerer, Sister Species: Women, Animals and Social Justice

Michael Pollan
“Yet in general all writers can really do is lift a sensitive finger to the cultural breeze and sense a coming change in the weather; very seldom do they actually change it themselves.”
Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
“That is a very Earthling question to ask, Mr. Pilgrim. Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is. Have you ever seen bugs trapped in amber?'
'Yes' Billy, in fact, had a paperweight in his office which was a blob of polished amber with three ladybugs embedded in it.
'Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Always try to see yourself from the window of other cultures; only then you may begin questioning your own culture! And the road to freedom always starts with sincere questioning!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Tahar Ben Jelloun
“J'ai un comportement d'homme, ou plus exactement on m'a appris à agir et à penser comme un être naturellment supérieur à la femme. Tout me le permettait: la religion, le texte coranique, la société, la tradition, la famille, le pays... et moi-même...”
Tahar ben Jelloun

Preeti Bhonsle
“A man is his own society”
Preeti Bhonsle

Mehmet Murat ildan
“To live only your own culture is to bury yourself to your local graveyard! Know the world, live the world! And through knowing new things and living new things, you will have a new culture made by your own experiences!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

T.J. Kirk
“Tradition, to me, is a poison. And when you start to destroy it, those with that poison in their veins react with hostility. They think their culture has given them something, and are blind to what it has taken away.”
T.J. Kirk

Brandon Sanderson
“Demasiadas veces nos esforzamos mucho con lo que ingerimos por la boca, y mucho menos con lo que entra por nuestros ojos y oídos. ¿No te parece?”
Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings (1 of 5)

“The origin of the term kamikakushi, “spirited away” is said to be unknown, but in the end, it’s all about the same thing. Killing children in times of famine.”
Kanji Hanawa, Backlight

“Absurdly, in our cultural fabric, spotting the little lie is a skill called wisdom; spotting the big one is a sin called cynicism”
Ranjeev C Dubey, Bullshit Quotient

“We tend to mistrust our own natures, as if uncontrolled we'd be freaky, dangerous, hateful, unacceptable, or at best, dull. I think in our culture we fear wisdom.”
Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge, Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words

Donna Freitas
“We cannot sanitize every comment, every come-on, every gesture in our efforts to stamp out harassment and assault. We cannot sanitize all of our spaces, we cannot make them irrefutably safe from words and acts and behaviors. We are humans, and our emotions and desires make us into complicated creatures. Sometimes we are nervous and awkward. We misjudge and we make mistakes and we dream of things that will not happen, of people we want to be with who will not want to be with us. We muster our courage and go for someone who seems unattainable to see if, by some miracle, it turns out they like us back, and this is not a crime.

But we can certainly do a better job of teaching people how to understand romantic feelings, how to read signals, how to back off when someone says no, how not to keep pursuing someone when they have rejected us, about what is appropriate and what is inappropriate in certain contexts, in professional and educational circumstances. We must become better thinkers—critical thinkers—about this aspect of our lives, better communicators on every level with respect to consent and non-consent. We may not want consent to be present-at-hand forever, but we should not want consent to go back to being invisible, so invisible that we don’t notice its function, that we don’t care or refuse to care or even see when it has been ignored, disregarded, when this disregard has caused someone else to suffer, to become traumatized, when it has changed her life forever.”
Donna Freitas, Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention

“Life consists of millions of thought and mind follows them to build a future. Thoughts come from daily work and I call it Karma. It is upon you how your life to be built”
Lokesh Umak

Sally Rooney
“It was culture as class performance, literature fetishized for its ability to take educated people on false emotional journeys, so that they might afterward feel superior to the uneducated people whose emotional journeys they liked to read about. Even if the writer himself was a good person, and even if his book really was insightful, all books were ultimately marketed as status symbols, and all writers participated to some degree in this marketing.”
Sally Rooney, Normal People

Thomas Howard
“The myth sovereign in the old age was that everything means everything. The myth sovereign in the new is that nothing means anything.”
Thomas Howard, Chance or the Dance? A Critique of Modern Secularism

Thomas Howard
“The old myth traveled upward and outward; the new travels downward and inward.”
Thomas Howard, Chance or the Dance? A Critique of Modern Secularism

Celeste Ng
“Now we're starting to be aware of the problems with not "seeing race": ignoring race means ignoring longstanding problems and history, as well as ignoring important aspects of a person's identity.”
Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere

“We are our choices" J.P. Sartre
Le grandpère était un aigle, le père un faux-con, le fils un vrai.”
J.P. Sartre

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