It is called a firearm. It makes the blackest of all human wishes come true at once, at a distance: that something die. There is evil for you. We cannot get rid of mankind’s fleetingly wicked wishes. We can get rid of the machines that make them come true. I give you a holy world: DISARM.Kurt Vonnegut, Deadeye Dick
Sometimes I find myself wishing that the world would end in my lifetime, since that would be oddly flattering; we’d all be part of humanity’s apex. That’s about as great an accomplishment as I can hope for, since I just don’t see how I will possibly get into heaven, Rapture or otherwise.Chuck Klosterman, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs
The desire to be cool is - ultimately - the desire to be rescued. It’s the desire to be pulled from the unwashed masses of society. It’s the desire to be advanced beyond the faceless humanoid robots who will die unheralded deaths and never truly matter, mostly because they all lived the same pedestrian life. Without the spoils of exclusionary coolness, we’re just cogs in the struggle.Chuck Klosterman, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs
Don’t listen to cultural-critique-y indie electro pop while writing a term paper. Your frame of mind will necessitate that you spend at least a half hour interpreting their lyrics to the fullest extent possible:
We’re not persuaded by the Omnicom
We’re not persuaded we’re the only ones
We’re not persuaded by hegemony
We’re not persuaded we were ever free
[T]hough coincidences certainly happen in ordinary life, they have no point there except to suggest that life at times is capable of forming rudimentary literary designs, thereby seeming to be almost on the point of making sense.A Secular Scripture - Northrop Frye
I feel no sense of responsibility now for a time of which I recall not a single trace.St. Augustine - Confessions I. vii (12) On infancy but I think it applies equally well to the weekends.
They spin out other wild yarns of this nature - by such tricks,Why rural folk are often the most religious. - Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, IV 589-93.
Perhaps, hoping to show they aren’t so far out in the sticks
That even gods don’t visit. Maybe that’s why they regale
Us with such curious lore - or other motives might prevail:
The human race is always all-ears for a fairy tale.
They try so hard and come so close.