For Reasons Opaque To Me

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You can get hurt and mad at people, Boo. News-flash at almost fucking nineteen, kid. It’s called being a person. You can get mad at somebody and it doesn’t mean they’ll go away.

- David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

It now lately sometimes seemed like a kind of black miracle to me that people could actually care deeply about a subject or pursuit, and could go on caring this way for years on end. Could dedicate their entire lives to it. It seemed admirable and at the same time pathetic. We are all dying to give our lives away to something, maybe. God or Satan, politics or grammar, topology or philately - the object seemed incidental to this will to give oneself away, utterly. To games or needles, to some other person. Something pathetic about it. A flight-from in the form of a plunging-into. Flight from exactly what? These rooms blandly filled with excrement and meat? To what purpose? This was why they started us here so young: to give ourselves away before the age when the questions why and to what grow real beaks and claws. It was kind, in a way.

- David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

postalweight:

i finished infinite jest????

Guess what! I just finished it, too!!! :D

shaking-hand-incision:

'And Lo, for the Earth was empty of form and void.

'And Darkness was all over the Face of the Deep.

'And We said:

'Look at that fucker Dance.’

[…] That we’re all lonely for something we don’t know we’re lonely for. How to explain the curious feeling that he goes around feeling like he misses somebody he’s never even met? Without the universalizing abstraction, the feeling would make no sense.

- David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

humansofnewyork:

"I’m a traffic cop. It’s a job. Somebody’s got to do it. I don’t even represent myself when I’m working. If I was representing myself, I’d let everyone off with a warning. I represent a system. Did I design the system? No. I just enforce it. It’s not for me to decide the system. We elect the people who decide the system. When I write a ticket, everyone tells me a reason that they don’t deserve it. If I gave a warning to everyone with a reason, I wouldn’t give any tickets, and the system wouldn’t work. I don’t get any joy by giving a ticket. And I’m not upset if you beat it in court. It’s not personal. It’s my job."

humansofnewyork:

"I’m a traffic cop. It’s a job. Somebody’s got to do it. I don’t even represent myself when I’m working. If I was representing myself, I’d let everyone off with a warning. I represent a system. Did I design the system? No. I just enforce it. It’s not for me to decide the system. We elect the people who decide the system. When I write a ticket, everyone tells me a reason that they don’t deserve it. If I gave a warning to everyone with a reason, I wouldn’t give any tickets, and the system wouldn’t work. I don’t get any joy by giving a ticket. And I’m not upset if you beat it in court. It’s not personal. It’s my job."


Waterfall by (iUrs )

Waterfall by (iUrs )


Christmas, Brighton UK by (ann power)

Christmas, Brighton UK by ()


Global Astronomy Month - Day 6 by (TaviGreiner2011)

Global Astronomy Month - Day 6 by (TaviGreiner2011)

pinsir:

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A nation becomes what its young people read in their youth.

- James A. Michener (via psych-facts)

She said, ‘I’m so afraid.’ And I said, ‘why?,’ and she said, ‘Because I’m so profoundly happy. Happiness like this is frightening.’ I asked her why and she said, ‘They only let you be this happy if they’re preparing to take something from you.

- Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner (via psych-facts)


Morning light reflected in a soap bubble over the fjord by (Odinodin) | Website

Morning light reflected in a soap bubble over the fjord by (Odinodin) | Website