modernity

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, psychotherapy, therapy, values, insight, culture, modernity, health, and contrarianism

Ultimately the most profound problems with psychotherapy have always been that instead of possessing any contrarian or transcendent values to enable it to produce insights countervailing against our dysfunctional and incoherent and humanly destructive culture, its "therapists" have been virtually all shills or agents for this culture, trying to accommodate their patients to a fundamentally unhealthy and insane way of life.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, cults, therapists, psychotherapy, therapy, psychotherapists, culture, modernity, and insight

Like the priestly cult of the Middle Ages, the modern priestly cult of "scientific" psychotherapists exist overwhelmingly to stultify or blunt a too-acute insight into the powers benumbed in our personalities by our prevailing culture.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, intellect, modernity, specialization, utilitarianism, and banausoi

Nietzsche is absolutely correct, even more correct today than when he wrote it in Thus Spake Zarathustra:  I looked all about me for human beings but all I saw were fragments, deformed creatures with too much eye or too much ear.  This is what the modern culture of specialized intellect--the kind of one-sidedness that banausic utilitarianism alone can value--works so hard to produce. 

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Pope Benedict XVI on catholic, god, christ, pope, benedict, religion, christianity, christian, jesus, rome, john paul ii, john paul 2, relativism, and modernity

"Today, having a clear faith based on the Creed of the Church is often labeled as fundamentalism.  Whereas relativism, that is, letting oneself be "tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine" [Ephesians 4.14], seems the only attitude that can cope with modern times.  We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one's ego and desires.

We, however, have a different goal: the Son of God, the true man.  He is the measure of true humanism.  An "adult" faith is not a faith that follows the trends of fashion and the latest novelty; a mature, adult faith is deeply rooted in friendship with Christ.  It is this friendship that opens us up to all that is good and gives us a criterion by which to distinguish the true from the false, and deceit from truth."

Pope Benedict XVI

Source: God's Choice, George Weigel, p. 140

Contributed by: Michael Augustine

A Quote by Arthur Rimbaud on modernity

One must be absolutely modern.

Arthur Rimbaud (1854 - 1891)

Source: Rimbaud: Complete Works, Selected Letters, a Bilingual Edition

Contributed by: Rich

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