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Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, “This is an interesting world I find myself in, an interesting hole I find myself in, fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!”

This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it’s still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.

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- Douglas Adams (via delucis)

(Source: butdoesitfloat.com, via delucis)

"‘The sensual man conforms thoughts to things; the poet conforms things to his thoughts. The one esteems nature as rooted and fast; the other, as fluid, and impresses his being thereon. To him, the refractory world is ductile and flexible; he invests dust and stones with humanity, and makes them the words of the Reason. The Imagination may be defined to be the use which the Reason makes of the material world.’"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature, p. 36 (via delucis)
"Another scholar, Wenham, made another important observation about Genesis, it is apparently a polemic, challenging the Mesopotamian view of the relationship between God and Man-“Viewed with respect to its negatives, Gen 1:1-2:3 is a polemic against the mythico-religious concepts of the ancient Orient. The concept of man here is markedly different from standard Near Eastern mythology: man was not created as the lackey of the gods to keep them supplied with food; he was God’s representative and ruler on earth, endowed by his creator with an abundant supply of food and expected to rest every seventh day from his labors. Finally, the seventh day is not a day of ill omen as in Mesopotamia, but a day of blessing and sanctity on which normal work is laid aside. In contradicting the usual ideas of its time, Gen 1 is also setting out a positive alternative. It offers a picture of God, the world, and man..man’s true nature. He is the apex of the created order: the whole narrative moves toward the creation of man. Everything is made for man’s benefit..” (p.37, Vol. 1, “Explanation,” Gordon J. Wenham, Genesis 1-15 [Word Biblical Commentary, 2 vols.], Word Books, Waco, Texas 1987, ISBN 0-8499-0200-2)."
- Genesis’ Genesis, the Hebrew transformation of the ancient near Eastern myths and their motifs. (via stconfused)
"Are philosophers just intellectual janitors? Can they ever do anything aside from cleaning up the messes of others?"
- Metaphysics professor (via philosophyprofessorquotes)

epuisante:

It is the aesthete most of all who enjoys living exclusively in the idea and not in effort towards its realization. While the aesthete’s primary fault is the inability to commit, to invest with passion in a cause, it is the “aesthetic” dimension of the aesthete’s dabbling in fashion, moods, and sentimental photography that does not convey particularly poignant states of the human soul or spirit further and reveals their weakness of living only in an idea. Fashion as self-expression can be healthy, but the exclusive emphasis on it to produce various masks hiding one’s self is a deficiency.

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