“There are many pleasant fictions of the law in constant operation, but there is not one so pleasant or practically humorous as that which supposes every man to be of equal value in its impartial eye, and the benefits of all laws to be equally attainable by all men, without the smallest reference to the furniture of their pockets.”—Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby
“Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Handy (Parody of Fancy by Iggy Azalea) -"Weird Al" Yankovic
In 1996 Weird Al released Bad Hair Day and I LOVED that record. I listened to it non stop for about a year. I have an extremely vivid memory of receiving the CD for Christmas and immediately subjecting my family to listening to the whole record. I mean, I was 12, what would you expect???
Every time Weird Al has had a release since then I have listened for old times sake. It has always been disappointing … until today.
"Handy" is genuinely great. Is Weird Al "back"????
“I’m so handy, everyone says so I’ll grout your bathroom, resurface your patio”
“Our project, according to Heidegger, must be to return to where we are, to give up metaphysical dreams for human reality. ‘Rational living beings must first become mortals.’ We must accept that there are fundamental limits to our understanding - not limits that can be definitively surveyed and used to master a limited whole, but brute facts that do not yield to comprehension. The very fact that we are alive, and that we live as humans, ‘stares [us] in the face with the inexorability of an enigma.’ For Heidegger, our being open to experiencing anything at all is ultimately contingent and gratuitous, which should fill us with awestruck gratitude. We should celebrate and protect this deepest possible mystery from attempts to ground it which are inevitably futile and which, more importantly, exile us from the space of wonder.”—Braver, Groundless Ground, p. 239 (via spiritandteeth)
“The essence of the argument presented here is that many of the problems of the modern soul can successfully be addressed by solutions put forward by religions, once these solutions have been dislodged from the supernatural structure within which they were first conceived. The wisdom of the faiths belongs to all of mankind, even the most rational among us, and deserves to be selectively reabsorbed by the supernatural’s greatest enemies. Religions are intermittently too useful, effective and intelligent to be abandoned to the religious alone.”—Alain de Botton, Religion for Atheists (via stickydrosera)
“First thing every morning tell yourself: today I am going to meet a busybody, an ingrate, a bully, a liar, a schemer, and a boor. Ignorance of good and evil has made them what they are. But I know that the good is by nature beautiful and the bad ugly, and I know that these wrong-doers are by nature my brothers, not by blood or breeding, but by being similarly endowed with reason and sharing in the divine. None of them can harm me, for none can force me to do wrong against my will, and I cannot be angry with a brother or resent him, for we were born into this world to work together like the feet, hands, eyelids, and upper and lower rows of teeth. To work against one another is contrary to nature, and what could be more like working against someone than resenting or abandoning him?”— Marcus Aurelius, The Emperor’s Handbook: A New Translation of the Meditations (2:1)