Being – Everything

Being

Identity, that spectator of what he calls himself,
That net and aggregate of energies in transient combination.
—Cunningham

Apr 072021
 

Humans always segregate — on their most observable characteristics, when left to themselves; when interfered with, on characteristics less observable.

Apr 062021
 

Great geniuses, Emerson said, have the shortest biographies. They do not: but for most of us our personal history is all that we are and for them it is next to nothing.

Mar 192021
 

Fame is wasted on the famous.

Mar 172021
 

Unrequited love drives men to suicide, and unrequited hate drives them to murder.

Feb 242021
 

Our politics is what we call the violence we wish to visit on our fellows and lack the strength and courage to undertake personally: a neatly-bound, clearly-labeled package of all our worst impulses.

Feb 092021
 

The good are not holy, and the holy are not good.

Feb 032021
 

If you must have the last word, it’s because you need it, and if you need it, it won’t help.

Jan 292021
 

Humans, though naturally curious, are also highly trainable, and when we are punished often enough for noticing something we will eventually refrain.

Jan 212021
 

To fend for oneself in a high civilization demands a certain cognitive minimum; when too many lack it the civilization lowers itself to meet them, and the process is hastened by letting them vote.