“Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.”
― H.P. Lovecraft
Sometimes it's not the devil you know,
But simply the devil you control.
Debate is life. To debate is to place one's thoughts before one's equals for scrutiny, and to scrutinize theirs in turn. If people would simply debate instead of violently opposing one another, we would live in Utopia.
As long as you have choices, you have identity. If you have no choices, you have no identity. If you have no identity, you have no responsibility. Ergo, choices denote responsibility, no matter the circumstances. This means that any body of thought, be it man, council, nation, culture, or society, has responsibility for the choices they make.
Lies and truth are like oil and water, and truth runs deep while lies float to the surface.
The world is my country, all men are my brothers, and to do good is my religion. - Thomas Paine
While I share the same feelings as Thomas Paine once had, I am unfortunately not much of a patriot, a black sheep, and I'm not as devout as I ought to be.
Happiness does not truly come from outside oneself.True and lasting happiness comes from within, and depends on you and you alone. You may have no control over whether bad things happen to you or not, but you always have a choice in how you deal with them.
Take joy in your own progress- while doing nothing of significance may not kill you, can you really call it living? Life is action, activity. Death is stagnation, and entropy. Choose Life- for Death only keeps one promise, and one only- and it is the same promise granted to all born to this world. Life may be long, but it is finite. Do not while it away with meaningless, fruitless ventures. Enrich your life, and in so doing, enrich the lives of those around you. Take the gift of life you were granted and make it something greater than what you had before- let those who have touched your life take pride in having done so.
One of the reasons mature people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.
-John W. Gardner
Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.
-John D. Rockefeller
Do not curse Fate- curse the inadequacy of your attempts to change it.
Change is better wrought through meekness than boldness.
I say this because arrogance is usually unwarranted, and is ultimately useless.
Fiction, like history, has lessons to offer us- it offers the means to learn things about life without having to go about learning it the hard way.
Race is an outmoded sociopolitical construct. It has no place in today's world. People came up with the idea- it's not a descriptor of the natural state of things.
As far as people are concerned, the only race I accept is Homo sapiens sapiens
. If you disagree, I'm more than likely going to think you're confused, closeminded, a racial supremacist/racist, arrogant, a troll, or the like.
Get off your high politically correct (or incorrect, as the case may be) horses and face facts. Genetically speaking, you're not significantly different than me. Stop acting like you are. I'm human, you're human. Period. The notion of "race" has no real basis in fact. So people look different in different places. Well, "white" people in Britain generally look different than "white" people in America. Does it mean that we're talking about two different "races"? No, no it doesn't.
That being said, I'm all for cultural and physical diversity. It's great. variety is the spice of life, and all that good stuff. But none of that has anything to do with "race". The sooner you get that, the better off we'll all be. "Race" is just an excuse to distance oneself from one's fellow man, and should never factor into a person's dealings with another. People should be well aware by now that "separate but equal" is bullshit. We're just people.