The Underground Lady [Twenty-Seven]

Outer space exploration is necessary.  We must get off this rock.  If the use of fossil fuels energy doesn’t end us, then some other project of our ingenuity will.

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Humanism occurs in the beginning moments of self-consciousness, when we first catch sight of ourselves in the mirror out of the corner of our eye.  But since it is just a peripheral view,  and since it is too vague to help us to see anything anyway, we should ignore it.  After all, it is no longer the eighteenth century, and we  now possess the knowledge to add a little light to the situation and confront ourselves full-on, even if only in glimpses.

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We keep returning to the rationalistic project of taking things apart, and so we choose to feel trapped in a trap of our own choosing.  And on top of it all, we compliment ourselves on being smart enough to see the world in this way.  This is humanism.

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The Bohemian is an existentialist, and not a humanist.  Here even Sartre fails us.

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Walking pieces of shit who buy shoes made with child labor, and then pontificate on what’s best for humanity, are the gangrenous results of our political economic system.

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The philosophy that assumes the existence of the subject, and thereby produces the subject, produces only monstrosities.

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The world: we cannot know what is beyond this barrier.  Resignedness is the best attitude to have toward it.  And this is truly hard to attain.

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To know nothingness is to know resignedness.  They are co-equal terms.

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The song we hear now will soon end.  Always.

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Nothingness creates its own passage through time.  It meets us there.

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The stepping-stone to an awareness of the void is the acceptance of death’s finality.  In this sense, and this sense only, death is but a starting point in our own development.  But there is no “afterwards,” and there is no resurrection.

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I have lain awake at night thinking of nothingness for many hours—until you do this, don’t talk to me about God.

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The Underground Lady says: There is no God.

I say: We cannot know.

She replies: Exactly.  That is why there is no God.

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Every statement must have a place and a time, if only we can determine it in the act of writing.

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What is meant by a thing is not always all that it means.  This concept is easy to grasp with small things—so then why do we have such a difficult time when it comes to big ones?  Like God, and Love and the Revolution?

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