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‘What used the darling ones to do? ‘How used they keep themselves contented Before this monster was invented?’ Have you forgotten? Don’t you know? We’ll say it very loud and slow: THEY . . . USED . . . TO . . . READ! They’d READ and READ, ...more
"The Monster" above is television. If only Dahl could see the use of tablets today.
I wonder what he'd make of Fortnite
Friedrich Nietzsche
“Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche
“You desire to LIVE "according to Nature"? Oh, you noble Stoics, what fraud of words! Imagine to yourselves a being like Nature, boundlessly extravagant, boundlessly indifferent, without purpose or consideration, without pity or justice, at once fruitful and barren and uncertain: imagine to yourselves INDIFFERENCE as a power—how COULD you live in accordance with such indifference? To live—is not that just endeavouring to be otherwise than this Nature? Is not living valuing, preferring, being unjust, being limited, endeavouring to be different? And granted that your imperative, "living according to Nature," means actually the same as "living according to life"—how could you do DIFFERENTLY? Why should you make a principle out of what you yourselves are, and must be? In reality, however, it is quite otherwise with you: while you pretend to read with rapture the canon of your law in Nature, you want something quite the contrary, you extraordinary stage-players and self-deluders! In your pride you wish to dictate your morals and ideals to Nature, to Nature herself, and to incorporate them therein; you insist that it shall be Nature "according to the Stoa," and would like everything to be made after your own image, as a vast, eternal glorification and generalism of Stoicism! With all your love for truth, you have forced yourselves so long, so persistently, and with such hypnotic rigidity to see Nature FALSELY, that is to say, Stoically, that you are no longer able to see it otherwise—and to crown all, some unfathomable superciliousness gives you the Bedlamite hope that BECAUSE you are able to tyrannize over yourselves—Stoicism is self-tyranny—Nature will also allow herself to be tyrannized over: is not the Stoic a PART of Nature?... But this is an old and everlasting story: what happened in old times with the Stoics still happens today, as soon as ever a philosophy begins to believe in itself. It always creates the world in its own image; it cannot do otherwise; philosophy is this tyrannical impulse itself, the most spiritual Will to Power, the will to "creation of the world," the will to the causa prima.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

Haruki Murakami
“Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy.”
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Bertrand Russell
“The fundamental cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”
Bertrand Russell "Christian Ethics" from Marriage and Morals 1950 quoted from James A Haught ed 200

Jennifer Egan
“After my parents died, it took me months before I could carry on a conversation with someone who had not known them, who expected me to be young and sparkling and untouched by grief.”
Jennifer Egan, The Best American Short Stories 2014

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