A Quote by Rob Brezsny on media, news, tv, movies, books, newspapers, bad news, publishing, murder, addiction, self-hatred, sexual pathology, shame, betrayal, extortion, robbery, cancer, arson, torture, life, and meaning

The average American child sees 20,000 murders in TV before reaching age 18.  This is considered normal.  Every community has video rental stores filled with multimillion-dollar films that depict people doing terrible things to each other.  If you read newspapers, you have every right to believe that Bad Nasty Things compose 90 percent of the human experience.  The authors of thousands of books pu

But you will be hard-pressed to find more than a few novels, films, news stories, and TV shows that dare to depict life as a gift whose purpose is to enrich the human soul.

Rob Brezsny

Source: Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings, Pages: 61

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A Quote by Jordan on money, family, security, destroy, idea, question, court, trigger, revolution, jail, prison, corrupt, corruption, punish, crucify, torture, civil, right, rights, and abuse

They took away my money, my family, and my security. Why couldn't they destroy my ideas? We will question them in court tomorrow as we trigger The Revolution of all revolutions!

Jordan Couch

Source: self

Contributed by: Jordan

A Quote by John A. T. Robinson on love, heaven, hell, torture, horror, universe, and kosmos

In a universe of love there can be no heaven which tolerates a chamber of horrors.

John A. T. Robinson

Contributed by: KevinBeck

A Quote by Joshua D. Kauppila on government, checks and balances, executive, torture, war, and corruption

the executive branch is a hickory switch that will hit repeated blows

Joshua Kauppila

Contributed by: Josh

A Quote by Jan Myrdal on war, torture, propaganda, consciousness, reason, and awareness

"...the unconscious one does not betray. He walks secure through life. But we who are a part of the tradition--the Europeans--and who carry on the tradition we have betrayed with awareness, insight and consciousness, we have carefully analyzed all the wars before they were declared. But we did not stop them. (And many amongst us became the propagandists of the wars as soon as they were declared.) We describe how the poor are plundered by the rich. We live among the rich. Live on the plunder and pander the ideas to the rich. We have described the torture and we have put our names under appeals against torture, but we did not stop it. (And we ourselves became torturers when the higher interests demanded torture and we became the ideologists of torture.) Now we once more can analyze the world situation and describe the wars and explain why the many are poor and hungry. But we do no more. We are not the bearers of consciousness. We are the whores of reason."

Jan Myrdal

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A Quote by Michael Jackson, 1940 on suffering, torture, banality, banality of suffering, auden, and w h auden

The most conspicuous thing about suffering is, as W.H. Auden once observed, its banality. The day is green, the sun is shinging, someone is eating, or opening a window, the torturer's horse is scatching its innocent behind on a tree, and in a mere second someone we love is dead.

Michael Jackson

Source: In Sierra Leone, Pages: 140

Contributed by: jess

A Quote by Michael Jackson, 1940 on violence, pleasure in violence, suffering, torture, retribution, nietsche, and logic of violence

In 1967, not long after the outbreak of civil war in Nigeria, the federal wuthorities arrested poet and playwright Wole Soyinka and imprisoned him without trial. In solitary confinement, summoning all his resources to stay alive, the thought occured to Soyinka that "some (albeit warped) logic is involved in acts of inhumanity." But how is one to understand this logic? All violence is a form of retribution. A form of payback, driven by the need to reclaim something that one imagines to have been wrongfully taken, that one is now owed. One's very existence is felt to depend on making good this loss-- a legacy stolen, a promise broken, a loved one murdered, one's honor impugned, a dream betrayed. Often, these existential wounds are so deep and degrading that material indemnification is considered inadequate. The injured party demands satiisfaction, and this, as Nietzsche observed, commonly involves punishment inflicted on the debtor's body-- by branding, amputation, rape, and mutilation. (citation and notes) The logic of this kind of exchange, Nietzsche writes, restson the fact that "instead of money, land, possessions of whatever sort,) a sort of pleasure is conceded to the creditor as a form of repayment and recompense-- the pleasure of being able to vent his power without a second thought on someone who is powerless, the enjoyment "de faire le mal pour le plaisir de le faire," the pleasure of violation." connects to Nazis, RUF

Michael Jackson

Source: In Sierra Leone, Pages: 155

Contributed by: jess

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