The Varieties of Religious Experience
Le rêve d’héroïsme, c’est la consolation des malheureux. — Orhan Pamuk, Neige (via choicewords)
MovingMySelf Micha Rainer Pali)
because tomorrow is
an amplified season—
you cling to it.
Without going out the door, you can know the whole universe.
Without looking through the window, you can see the ways of heaven.
The farther you go, the less you know.
Thus the sage knows without traveling,
sees without looking,
acts without doing.
— Lao-tzu, Taoteching, 47
To think of something as great and heroic we evade the anxieties we have about our perversions, our misdemeanors, and our melancholy.
Maybe today’s true heroes are those unashamed at being exploited; the perverts, the whores, the underpaid, the unemployed, and the reclusive.