“You’ve come to fetch me?" asks the terrified Duck. But Death demurs, explaining that he has always been close at hand, in case of some mishap.
“Are you going to make something happen?” Duck trembles. But Death answers, no. “Life takes care of that.”—
From one of my favourite books: Duck, Death and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch.
“In the world I see - you are stalking elk through the damp canyon forests around the ruins of Rockefeller Center. You’ll wear leather clothes that will last you the rest of your life. You’ll climb the wrist-thick kudzu vines that wrap the Sears Tower. And when you look down, you’ll see tiny figures pounding corn, laying strips of venison on the empty car pool lane of some abandoned superhighway.”—Chuck Palahniuk via Tyler Durden in Fight Club
“Using the “born-that-way” argument in a defense of homosexuality has always seemed to me to obliquely imply that had it been a choice, we could reevaluate our extension of rights to these individuals. As if we have recognized the sin of homosexuality, but graciously pardoned those whose choice it wasn’t to commit. This is stupid.”—
Dia Nomou Nomo Apethanon on metafilter. I’m in favor of getting to the bottom of things: I think it’s dangerous to use arguments that may appear rhetorically effective, yet have implications we don’t endorse. E.g., that we should accept something because of some contingent fact when in fact we really think that we should accept it by necessity, regardless of circumstances.In general, if there’s a contingent and a necessary argument, I think we should go for the necessary argument, as it gets to the core of things.
I don’t think choice/determinism is relevant to whether we should accept homosexuality. Neither do I agree with those who claim that because it isn’t relevant to acceptance, it isn’t interesting at all. Rhetorical effectiveness, logical depth and interest are orthogonal axes.
Here’s to the square pegs in round holes, life’s arbitrary lanes changers, wayfaring strangers, the ones after whom the mould was shattered. It’s you who makes others feel less alone is an increasingly homogenised world…
Found this is my email drafts folder with no addressee. It’s clearly about music, but I do wonder who the hell I would have been saying this to…
"Dont know if I agree with that article, but it’s difficult to definitively prove they’re wrong without living in the US of A. I have watched the styles they talk about revolve in scattered patterns across the decade without much rhyme nor reason nor care given to the suffix of the old 200x.
But why bemoan their desperate attempts to pidgeonhole styles into years for some kind of asinine and obfuscated justification, a security blanket of sorts. Is it not, after all, one of the dark and inexplicable necessities of humanity?”