April 21 2013

* pink moon

"A single advantage is worth a thousand sorceries. Short shooting looses the game. The arrow often hits the shooter."
(the Hunter)

I'm sick of all these actors. Why are we so fascinated with actors? They haven't got a thought in their stupid bed-head hair-doo, mini-brains.

We must honor this man! Why? He pretended to be Bob Johnson! He's a genius I tell you! It's Genius! Playing dress-up and pretend is not genius ladies and Gentlemen.
(Jerry Seinfeld)

I like what Kurt Vonnegut said in his preface to SLAUGHTERHOUSE 5: THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE. When he told a friend/army buddie his plans to write an anti-war novel, the friend suggested he write an anti-iceberg novel instead.

"There are fewer of them and you'll stop just as many icebergs as you will wars."



"I was tired of pretending that I was someone else just to get along with people, just for the sake of having friendships."
(Kurt Cobain)

"It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a facade of order - and yet, deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order."
(Douglas Hostadter)

"Self-congratulatory? It's that feeling of uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's own accomplishment or good fortune. It produce someone who has an insensible, annoying personality. Such an attitude requires a daily watering of self loathing.

"We hated pretentiousness; it was a form of self-hatred." - Aleksandar Hemon, The Book of My Lives

"Pretentious people are like cross stitch pieces, they look fine and pretty at the front. But twisted and messed up at the back."



Father in Heaven! What are we without You! What is all that we know, vast accumulation though it be, but a chipped fragment if we do not know You! What is all our striving, could it ever encompass a world, but a half-finished work if we do not know You: You the One, who is one thing and who is all!

So may You give to the intellect, wisdom to comprehend that one thing; to the heart, sincerity to receive this understanding; to the will, purity that wills only one thing. In prosperity may You grant perseverance to will one thing; amid distractions, collectedness to will one thing; in suffering, patience to will one thing.

You that gives both the beginning and the completion, may You early, at the dawn of the day, give to the young the resolution to will one thing. As the day wanes, may You give to the old a renewed remembrance of their first resolution, that the first may be like the last, the last like the first, in possession of a life that has willed only one thing. Alas, but this has indeed not come to pass. Something has come in between. The separation of sin lies in between. Each day, and day after day something is being placed in between: delay, blockage, interruption, delusion, corruption. So in this time of repentance may You give the courage once again to will one thing.

True, it is an interruption of our ordinary tasks; we do lay down our work as though it were a day of rest when the penitent is alone before You in self-accusation. This is indeed an interruption. But it is an interruption that searches back into its very beginnings that it might bind up anew that which sin has separated, that in its grief it might atone for lost time, that in its anxiety it might bring to completion that which lies before it.

You that gives both the beginning and the completion, give Your victory in the day of need so that what neither our burning wish nor our determined resolution may attain to, may be granted unto us in the sorrowing of repentance: to will only one thing.
(Soren Kierkegaard, Prayer Seven)