'Perhaps our eyes are merely a blank film which is taken from us after our deaths to be developed elsewhere and screened as our life story in some infernal cinema or dispatched as microfilm into the sidereal void.'
- Jean Baudrillard
The seeming contradiction of a rising accumulation of wealth and a rising amount of poverty is an interesting phenomenon that it is a very central theme.
If human beings are basically good, then why don't the more capable share with the less capable? In the Western industrialized countries they do, to a greater or lesser extent. And it is a never-ending debate. Some people say that if he rich are forced to share with the poor then they are less inclined to be productive (and dominate nature so much).
Isn't that a good thing? More animals, less global warming and a whole lot more go along with that. I like to believe that human beings are good but this very thing Wallace talks about leads me to believe that, on average,we are selfish and would destroy ourselves and our planet rather than share with the less fortunate.
Human beings are the number one bad-ass animal on the planet, no doubt.
'The self is only a threshold, a door, a becoming between two multiplicities.'
- Gilles Deleuze
"Love is the perfect stillness and the greatest excitement,
and most profound act, and the word almost as complete
as His name."
"Love is a cosmic force whose sweep
-The Science of Mind, page 608
"They can be like a sun, words.
They can do for the heart what light
can do for a field."
-St. John of the Cross
'Our mastery over the forces of nature has led to a rapid growth of population, and a vast accumulation of wealth; but these have brought with them such an amount of poverty and crime, and have fostered the growth of so much sordid feeling and so many fierce passions, that it may well be questioned, whether the mental and moral status of our population has not on the average been lowered, and whether the evil has not overbalanced the good.'
- Alfred Wallace
"out of sight, out of mind"
-the words engraved onto a large piece of red granite at the entrance to a local cemetery; I just noticed it today.
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