A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, truth, values, culture, nihilism, moderns, and abstractivism

The "fragility of the truth" in the first place reflects the vicissitudes of the VALUE which truth inevitably has to be, a premier victim of a value-sterilized dysculture, i.e. of a licentious universe where every kind of vile and insidious way to abort what is true, right, just, good, rational, etc. has become all-too possible.  The suppression and dysmorphia of the truth are an accomplished science in banauseia, which intrinsically "respects" nothing (certainly not "truth," the most manipulable of all illusions within this subphilosophical species).  The "death of God," over two centuries ago by now, was merely the early-phase onset of a much more profound, much more structurally corrosive species of nihilism:  moderns were naively glad to be liberated from such a megalo-fuddy-duddy as the ever-prying Jehovah, and it never occurred to them to wonder just what sort of marvelous new cultural solvent had such remarkable acidic power to dissolve thousands of years of accreted religious barnacles.  What ELSE could it cleanse away or annihilate?  And really, what was it itself, the nameless new world-force of banausic "disillusionment" or Cartesian-skeptical "clarity"?  Destroying all alternative mythoi and perspectivisms and norms, what did this <abstractivism> itself have for its latent character and its covert teleological drives and its totalitarian cultural-ideological destiny?  How would it succeed in transfiguring the very modes in which we live and communicate, corrupting everything with an unspoken, unfelt, unseen, scent-free shell of dysrelatedness, a Midas-touch of an interval of distantiation or pathos of unfelt apathy toward all that is natural, human, social, historical, actual, etc.?

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, norms, culture, modernity, nietzsche, nature, mankind, responsibility, and man

Nietzsche recognized the prodigious accomplishment of the Greeks in at least two seismic insights:  (1) that man was somehow capable of being cultured to become more than just another heteronomous "phenomenon" within nature, society or history, i.e. he could in the most exemplary or extraordinary of cases stand in some sort of parity with the ultimate principles that shape and drive and organize existence (which is as much as to say:  the gulf between aristoi and douloi is as abysmal as the chasm between cosmos and chaos, between arche and hyle or principle and matter); and (2) that in man nature—in actuality culture—had managed to produce a true prodigy of timebinding self-mastery, "an animal that dared to promise" and to make itself live up to its promised responsibility.  Modern behaviorism and economism and scientism have undereaten the foundations of all these normative accomplishments.  All the spiritual and rational and cultural and philosophical achievements of premodern civilization had long ago become nothing more than a treasury of rhetoric for moderns to pillage and deplete.  Culturally considered, modern "culture" is de facto a form of entropy or self-parasitism, a thieving or vampiric world-order that accomplishes nothing whatsoever in the domain of norms; on the contrary it bleeds this domain down to nothing, to pathos.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, money, capitalism, culture, modernity, meaning, and values

The modern world has got a variety of Midas' disease, the one where everything a whore touches turns whorish because nobody can see past the money any longer to the meaning of anything.  I suppose this is "culture" considered as a form of STD, where it isn't natural generation that is the central and obsessive principle of everything but rather Money, the principle of all fertility for artificial generation:  instead of the "gift that keeps on giving," it's the mania that keeps on taking.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, possessions, modernity, egologism, privatism, isolationism, ego, sharing, generosity, culture, politics, democracy, and aristeia

From moderns’ manic phobias about socialism and communism it is patent that this is a civilization of paralytic egologism, of psychotic proprietarism:  the American aborigines who were genocidally extinguished by waves of whites saw most sharply the truth about modernity’s manias—“The love of possessions is a disease with them.”  In moderns’ culture of abstracted ego and intensified but destitute “consciousness,” the aristic ethos not just of sharing and generosity but also of open communication, forthrightness, honesty, and candor has demonstrably perished.  There are utterly not enough aristic personalities surviving to make a commonality of culture feasible any longer:  “politics” has become a dark euphemism for organized deception, hi-tech manipulation, and Olympian Machiavellian intrigues, and “democracy” in that world-order is so moribund it can be little more than a pious verbalism, a rhetorical fraud.

Kenneth Smith


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A Quote by Van Jones on society, culture, change, environment, green, perception, and shift

We need a much deeper understanding of exactly what it is our industrial society, in its present creation, is jeopardizing. We need a more profound perception of what is at stake.

Van Jones

Source: The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems

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A Quote by Daniel Everett on life, language, amazon, tribe, tribal, lesson, culture, perception, objectivity, and science

As a scientist, objectivity is one of my most deeply held values. If we could just try harder, I once thought, surely we could each see the world as others see it and learn to respect one another's views more readily. But I learned from the Pirahas, our expectations, our culture, and our experiences can render even perceptions of the environment nearly incommensurable cross-culturally.

Daniel Everett

Source: Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

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A Quote by Luis Daniel Maldonado Fonken on luis, daniel, maldonado, fonken, elements, mandala, lovers, culture, god, godess, sacred, and union

How are the qualities of a being that expresses the divine

How are the qualities of a being that expresses the divine

How are the qualities of a god and a goddess in a sacred


how are the qualities of a man (male) that is the

expression of the mastery of the female inner energy?
how are the qualities of a woman (female) which is the

expresion of the mastery of the male inner energy?
How are the qualities of a god and a goddess in a sacred


how are the qualities of a man that expresses the divine

female? how are the qualities of a woman that expresses

the divine male?
How are the qualities of a god and a goddess ina sacred


how are the qualities of a male that is also female?
how are the qualities of a female that si also male?
How are the qualities of a god and a goddes in a sacred


how are the qualities of self-generation, self-regeneration,

self-manifestation and cocreativitiy?
How are the qualities of a god and a goddess in a sacred


How is the experience of a god-godess in a asacred

How is the knowledge of a god-godess in a sacred union?
How is a god-godess in a sacred union?
How is the experience of a sacred union?

How is to be and do as one?
How is to be the expression of true-pure-divine-love?

How is to be the expression of the unified breathing of the

core of teh blue star?

How is the peak and the center of the work?

How is the the sun in love with the moon?
How is to fly beyond the stars?
How is to be all universes, beyond the dimensions of light

sound and form, wave and pulse?

How is to be one in all forms you already are?

How is to be, the one and the nine, the zero and the ten

sacred numbers of completion?

How is to be all vowels of love?

How is... to dont ask and be?
How is dont ask and do?

be and do love, in silence.

Luis Daniel Maldonado Fonken


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A Quote by Muhammad Asad on culture and creativity

...all cultural imitation, opposed as it is to creativeness, is bound to make a people small...

Muhammad Asad

Source: The Road to Mecca

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A Quote by Osho Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh on zen, man, religion, philosophy, culture, morality, creation, master, children, behaviour, playful, and serious

Zen's greatest contribution is to give you an alternative to the serious man. The serious man has made the world, the serious man has made all the religions. He has created all the philosophies, all the cultures, all the moralities; everything that exists around you is a creation of the serious man. Zen has dropped out of the serious world. It has created a world of its own which is very playful, full of laughter, where even great masters behave like children.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Source: Nansen: The Point of Departure, chapter 8

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A Quote by Thor Heyerdahl on civilization, world, survival, western civilization, planet, and culture

This world has seen a great many civilizations.  And many of them have survived for longer periods than ours up to the present.  They were all as sure as we are today of having founded the first eternal civilization.  We today differ from them in having our western civilization spread to embrace the entire planet, leaving no room on any continent for any other culture to take over if we fail.

Thor Heyerdahl

Source: Green Was the Earth on the Seventh Day

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