It is only in our decisions that we are important.
Do you want to improve the world?
I don’t think it can be done.
The world is sacred.
It can’t be improved.
If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it.
The Master sees things as they are,
without trying to control them.
She lets them go their own way,
and resides at the center of the circle.
Cool is spent. Cool is empty. Cool is ex post facto. When advertisers and pundits hoard a word, you know it’s time to retire from it. To move on. I want to suggest, therefore, that we begin to avoid cool now. Cool is a trick to get you to buy garments made by sweatshop laborers in Third World countries. Cool is the Triumph of the Will. Cool enables you to step over bodies. Cool enables you to look the other way. Cool makes you functional, eager for routine distraction, passive, doped, stupid.
I don’t go back and look at my early work, because the last time I did, many years ago, it left me cringing. If one publishes, then one is creating a public record of Learning to Write.
The aims of life are the best defense against death.
Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.
And Picasso adds, do you suppose Michael Angelo would have been grateful for a gift of a piece of renaissance furniture, no he wanted a Greek coin.
“everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense”
gertrude stein and picasso’s portrait by man ray.
the war on drugs has been a disaster, creating failed states in the developing world even as addiction has flourished in the rich world. by any sensible measure, this 100-year struggle has been illiberal, murderous and pointless. that is why the economist continues to believe that the least bad policy is to legalise drugs.