Friday, January 31, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
At the start of the new millennium the Dalai Lama apparently issued eighteen rules for living. Since word travels slowly in the digital age these have only just reached me. Here they are.
- Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
- When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
- Follow the three Rs:
- Respect for self
- Respect for others
- Responsibility for all your actions.
- Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
- Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
- Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
- When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
- Spend some time alone every day.
- Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
- Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
- A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
- In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
- Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
- Be gentle with the earth.
- Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
- Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
- Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
"As external conditions change, it becomes tougher to meet the three conditions that sociologists since the 1950s have considered crucial to making close friends: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other"
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Use a semicolon to join two related clauses; it can be difficult to do properly.
An em dash tends to be used while writing dialogue with interjections - you might use the term aside - and indicates less formal writing. Note that the previous sentence wouldn't work with a comma (and I used a hyphen rather than a proper em dash). You might also use an em dash to replace the parenthesis in the previous sentence; it's a stylistic choice.
Friday, January 10, 2014
I must say I believe, or fear, that taking the world as a whole these things are on the increase. Hitler, no doubt, will soon disappear, but only at the expense of strengthening (a) Stalin, (b) the Anglo-American millionaires and (c) all sorts of petty fuhrers of the type of de Gaulle. All the national movements everywhere, even those that originate in resistance to German domination, seem to take non-democratic forms, to group themselves round some superhuman fuhrer (Hitler, Stalin, Salazar, Franco, Gandhi, De Valera are all varying examples) and to adopt the theory that the end justifies the means. Everywhere the world movement seems to be in the direction of centralised economies which can be made to ‘work’ in an economic sense but which are not democratically organised and which tend to establish a caste system. With this go the horrors of emotional nationalism and a tendency to disbelieve in the existence of objective truth because all the facts have to fit in with the words and prophecies of some infallible fuhrer. Already history has in a sense ceased to exist, ie. there is no such thing as a history of our own times which could be universally accepted, and the exact sciences are endangered as soon as military necessity ceases to keep people up to the mark. Hitler can say that the Jews started the war, and if he survives that will become official history. He can’t say that two and two are five, because for the purposes of, say, ballistics they have to make four. But if the sort of world that I am afraid of arrives, a world of two or three great superstates which are unable to conquer one another, two and two could become five if the fuhrer wished it. That, so far as I can see, is the direction in which we are actually moving, though, of course, the process is reversible.
As to the comparative immunity of Britain and the USA. Whatever the pacifists etc. may say, we have not gone totalitarian yet and this is a very hopeful symptom. I believe very deeply, as I explained in my book The Lion and the Unicorn, in the English people and in their capacity to centralise their economy without destroying freedom in doing so. But one must remember that Britain and the USA haven’t been really tried, they haven’t known defeat or severe suffering, and there are some bad symptoms to balance the good ones. To begin with there is the general indifference to the decay of democracy. Do you realise, for instance, that no one in England under 26 now has a vote and that so far as one can see the great mass of people of that age don’t give a damn for this? Secondly there is the fact that the intellectuals are more totalitarian in outlook than the common people. On the whole the English intelligentsia have opposed Hitler, but only at the price of accepting Stalin. Most of them are perfectly ready for dictatorial methods, secret police, systematic falsification of history etc. so long as they feel that it is on ‘our’ side. Indeed the statement that we haven’t a Fascist movement in England largely means that the young, at this moment, look for their fuhrer elsewhere. One can’t be sure that that won’t change, nor can one be sure that the common people won’t think ten years hence as the intellectuals do now. I hope they won’t, I even trust they won’t, but if so it will be at the cost of a struggle. If one simply proclaims that all is for the best and doesn’t point to the sinister symptoms, one is merely helping to bring totalitarianism nearer.
You also ask, if I think the world tendency is towards Fascism, why do I support the war. It is a choice of evils—I fancy nearly every war is that. I know enough of British imperialism not to like it, but I would support it against Nazism or Japanese imperialism, as the lesser evil. Similarly I would support the USSR against Germany because I think the USSR cannot altogether escape its past and retains enough of the original ideas of the Revolution to make it a more hopeful phenomenon than Nazi Germany. I think, and have thought ever since the war began, in 1936 or thereabouts, that our cause is the better, but we have to keep on making it the better, which involves constant criticism.
Thursday, January 09, 2014
They've all been puppets since JFK. Every single one.
Addendum: Be a wolf, but a nice one that doesn't eat sheep.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Samuel Truth - Gaia
Daniel Curpen - Work Yo Body (Affelaye Remix)
Pretendingtowalkslow ft. Zeroh (M. Constant Remix)
Ariel Camusso & Persian Empire - Time (123Mrk remix)
Suasion - Alter
Papertoy - The Love
Endaf - I Want Some
Murder Beach - You
Syre - Let Me Go
Boeboe - Negative ROI
Sage The Gemini - Don't You
Fl∆ming❍sis - Add The Bassline
XNDR J - Moving On
Fitzroy - Turtle Haze
Xian - Feel
Daktyl - Why You
Cypriot Vibez - Girl I Want
2AM Club - Black Liquor (Bassy Remix)
Pascäal - Drowning In You
Zaika - I Can't Stop
S.F.T - Manenuff
PARTYNEXTDOOR - Muse (VXNYL Remix)
Mura Masa - Tough On You
KLNV - Goldxn Ways
Sexytime - Inamorata
Kamandi - Smoke Club
Klimeks - Tokyo Train
Mieux - Pearl (Sekuoia Remix)
Kit Pop - Just Another Day
Monday, January 06, 2014
Confidence. Motivation. Stress is gone. Better control. Better character. Far more caring. Have backbone. Mental clarity. Better strength. Excitement for new days. Sleeping well. Eating well. Proving society wrong. Proving you're better than that. More intelligence. Not stuttering. Doing this for her. Doing this for you.
Better you. Old you isn't better. You have killed old you. Don't revive it. You are you now. You are better.