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, values, character, and nihilism

There is no natural or divine gift or grace or worldly privilege or economic asset that will compensate for a profound, vicious and virulent vacuum at the core of HUMAN values—and we have, as a civilization, the most massive and deliberately composed such vacuum in world-history (scientism, capitalist nihilism, radical value-neutralization or anomie).  Which is, all in all, to make of course a characteristically Greek point about values, that every principle or virtue or form of intelligence and insight is always liable to peripeteia, i.e. to an utter reversal in value-polarities:  "freedom," "rationality," and all other banausically graspable and desirable "goods-in-abstracto" inevitably and eventually slue around to become malignancies, mind-eating and personality-snuffing cancers and obsessions.  Contrary to the delusions of Christian fideism and authoritarianism, values are inherently incapable of being presented or comprehended in an ABSOLUTE form:  a malignant or delusive mentality, a malformed personality or character, can SUBVERT anything—and of course conceal from itself utterly that it itself has such a warpage or privation. 

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 Ayn Rand on love, values, character, joy, and virtue

Love is the expression of one's values, the greatest reward you can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your character and person, the emotional price paid by one man for the joy he receives from the virtues of another.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

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A Quote by William Grieder on property, values, and life

In its present terms, the global system values property over human life.

William Grieder

Source: One World Ready or Not, pg 359.

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A Quote by Malcolm Gladwell on values, people, community, and example

The values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with have a profound effect on who we are.

Malcolm Gladwell

Source: Outliers: The Story of Success, Pages: 11

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A Quote by Wendell Berry on values, waste, usefulness, nothing, exist, country, natural resources, metamorphosis, bounty, land, junk, garbage, silt, poison, economy, farm, home, loyalty, devotion, humans, unborn, disinvestment, unemployed, homeland, sour

But when nothing is valued for what it is, everything is destined to be wasted. Once the values of things refer only to their future usefulness, then an infinite withdrawal of value from the living present has begun. Nothing (and nobody) can then exist that is not theoretically replaceable by something (or somebody) more valuable. The country that we (or some of us) had thought to make our home becomes instead 'a nation rich in natural resources'; the good bounty of the land begins its mechanical metamorphosis into junk, garbage, silt, poison, and other forms of 'waste.' "The inevitable result of such an economy is that no farm or any other usable property can safely be regarded by anyone as a home, no home is ultimately worthy of our loyalty, nothing is ultimately worth doing, and no place or task or person is worth a lifetime's devotion. 'Waste,' in such an economy, must eventually include several categories of humans--the unborn, the old, 'disinvested' farmers, the unemployed, the 'unemployable.' Indeed, once our homeland, our source, is regarded as a resource, we are all sliding downward toward the ashheap or the dump.

Wendell Berry (1934 -)

Source: Home Economics, 1995

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A Quote by Earon on morality, ethics, life, living, religion, peace, maturity, and values

Morality is cast in stone, while ethics are cast in daily life.

Earon Davis

Source: Earon's writings

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A Quote by United States Air Force on integrity, service, excellence, united states air force, and values

"Integrity first, service before self, excellence in all we do."
(USAF Core Values)

United States Air Force

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A Quote by Margaret Mead on culture, diversity, place, potential, and values

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.

Margaret Mead (1901 - 1978)

Source: Sex & Temperament

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