Hobbies (John Gray)
His only admission of a hobby turns out to be the pursuit of an esoteric literary inquiry concerning novelist John Cowper Powys. Additionally he has revealled that he and his wife, Mieko, who is Japanese, have a great love of cats. They were once ruled by four, two Burmese and two Birman, of whom one of the latter ‘survives and thrives at the age of 18.’

John Gray (wikipedia)

What cats can teach us about how to live
We should celebrate the solitary hunters among us.


How Should We Then Live?
MARCH 08, 2017
John Michael Greer

Nietzsche’s philosophical writings are easy to misunderstand, and he very likely meant that to be the case. Where Schopenhauer proceeded step by step through a single idea in all its ramifications, showing that the insight at the core of his vision makes sense of the entire world of our experience, Nietzsche wrote in brief essays and aphorisms, detached from one another, dancing from theme to theme. He was less interested in convincing people than in making them think; each of the short passages that makes up his major philosophical works is meant to be read, pondered, and digested on its own. All in all, his books make excellent bathroom reading—and I suspect that Nietzsche himself would have been amused by that approach to his writings.


Personality, Or What A Man Is
Arthur Schopenhauer
The Wisdom of Life
Chapter II

The most general survey shows us that the two foes of human happiness are pain and boredom. We may go further, and say that in the degree in which we are fortunate enough to get away from the one, we approach the other. Life presents, in fact, a more or less violent oscillation between the two. The reason of this is that each of these two poles stands in a double antagonism to the other, external or objective, and inner or subjective. Needy surroundings and poverty produce pain; while, if a man is more than well off, he is bored. Accordingly, while the lower classes are engaged in a ceaseless struggle with need, in other words, with pain, the upper carry on a constant and often desperate battle with boredom. The inner or subjective antagonism arises from the fact that, in the individual, susceptibility to pain varies inversely with susceptibility to boredom, because susceptibility is directly proportionate to mental power. Let me explain. A dull mind is, as a rule, associated with dull sensibilities, nerves which no stimulus can affect, a temperament, in short, which does not feel pain or anxiety very much, however great or terrible it may be. Now, intellectual dullness is at the bottom of that vacuity of soul which is stamped on so many faces, a state of mind which betrays itself by a constant and lively attention to all the trivial circumstances in the external world. This is the true source of boredoma continual panting after excitement, in order to have a pretext for giving the mind and spirits something to occupy them. The kind of things people choose for this purpose shows that they are not very particular, as witness the miserable pastimes they have recourse to, and their ideas of social pleasure and conversation: or again, the number of people who gossip on the doorstep or gape out of the window. It is mainly because of this inner vacuity of soul that people go in quest of society, diversion, amusement, luxury of every sort, which lead many to extravagance and misery. Nothing is so good a protection against such misery as inward wealth, the wealth of the mind, because the greater it grows, the less room it leaves for boredom. The inexhaustible activity of thought! Finding ever new material to work upon in the multifarious phenomena of self and nature, and able and ready to form new combinations of them,—there you have something that invigorates the mind, and apart from moments of relaxation, sets it far above the reach of boredom.



The Two Daves
Dave Chappelle is more conflicted than ever
Niela Orr
March 24, 2017


Best 1000-word history of Vietnam War ever written:
The Unwinnable Vietnam War
March 26, 2017

15 Replies to “Cats”

  1. smart or wise dog, not to touch the cat.

    so the first time I met our family dog “Pewdie”, she had already met our family cat “Samantha”. I’m looking at Pewdie’s face, and I see a row of tiny blood droplets spaced across her snout, between her nose and eyes.

    a little closer inspection revealed a deep cut made by a sharp claw. Samantha had slashed the poor dog down to the bone, right across her snout, like a surgical incision. there was not that much blood, because there are few veins or vessels up there. a little farther, though, and she would have been Pewdie the Blind Dog.

  2. my favorite bit: “Yet, even if we do not choose to embrace nothingness, nothingness itself may choose to embrace us. It may not be that we don’t have anything to do, or that we’re bored, or that we would rather do it later, but just that we don’t see the point of it all. In our idleness we intuit a cosmic meaninglessness, which comes along with the realization that, with every action, we get only more entangled in the universal farce.”

  3. quiescence, sublimation, suicide or drugs (including booze, of course), these, to me, seem like the only possible responses to the universal farce.

  4. yeah, i think that the peak oilers have been saying similar things for years, price swings, inelastic demand, declining production, low eroei, etc.,etc. in my mind, they’ve always been right. getting the timing right has been the problem.

  5. as they said, conventional (= cheap, easy to extract) oil peaked in 2005. afterward to present, central banks (= “the elders”, elite of the elites) have been finanacing unconventional oil, aka expensive-to-produce tight oil, oil sands, heavy oil, deepwater oil. the financing works for awhile, until enough sheeple wake up to the fact that any stocks, bonds or pension plans they had will not be there when they go to cash them in. then panic, riots, bank runs, martial law.

    like everyone else who thinks about these things, the ultra-elite are praying for a miracle to save us, meanwhile.

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