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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #645 - Mind Crap #MindCrap

17 Nov, 2014

"If he were allowed contact with foreigners he would discover that they are creatures similar to himself and that most of what he has been told about them is lies. The sealed world in which he lives would be broken, and the fear, hatred, and self-righteousness on which his morale depends might evaporate."

George Orwell


"I feel with some passion that what we truly are is private, and almost infinitely complex, and ambiguous, and both external and internal, and double- or triple- or multiply-natured, and largely mysterious even to ourselves; and furthermore that what we are is only part of us, because identity, unlike "identity," must include what we do. And I think that to find oneself and every aspect of this complexity reduced in the public mind to one property that apparently subsumes all the rest ('gay,' 'black,' 'Muslim,' whatever) is to be the victim of a piece of extraordinary intellectual vulgarity."

Philip Pullman



It is an illusion that we are different.
It is an illusion that we are the same.

Yes, both illusions.
Equally.

And because both are illusions,
our external, irrelevant differences must be accentuated
by those who need us to feel that someone else is "other,"
not one of us,
in order to maintain power,
in order to keep control.

And because both are illusions,
our internal, mysterious differences must be subjugated
to fitting in and being accepted
so that we do not risk becoming the "other,"
so that we do not lose our place in the system.

But both are illusions.
Equally.
Intellectual vulgarity.
You know,
Mind Crap.


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