Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cars are coffins

So many times I want to say something, but so many things keep me from saying something so many times.

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote in "The Gay Science" (1882):

What if pleasure and displeasure were so tied together that whoever wanted to have as much as possible of one must also have a as much as possible of the other-- that whoever wanted to learn [in Goethe's words] to "jubilate up to the heavens" would also have to be prepared for "depression unto death"?  And that is how things may well be.  At least the Stoics believe that this was how things were, and they were consistent when they also desired as little pleasure as posssible, in order to get as little displeasure as possible out of life...

To this day you have the choice: either as little displeasure as possible, painlessness in brief--and in the last analysis socialists and politicians of all parities have no right to promise their people more than that--or as much displeasure as possible as the price for the growth of an abundance of subtle pleasures and joys that have rarely been relished yet.  If you decide for the former and desire to diminish and lower the level of human pain, you also have to diminish and lower the level of their capacity for joy.


I always just say "balance".

One cannot comprehend heat, without cold.  Good without bad.  Bright without dark.  It goes on and on.  When will most people acknowledge this fundemental  fact of the world in which we inhabit? The world God created.  Beauty cannot exist unless one understands a definition of ugly.  We adjust our definitions of the latter to allow for the former.  Why ignore this obvious reality?  Morality cannot be created, nor can equality.  God will not allow it.  Don't argue with me.  Take it up with Him.  You'll get the chance someday. 

God's balance requires it.

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