if what can change then everything can change
unless you have joie de vivre, unless you
also lead a poetic life
you are a miserable miserable man
080e116>waiting for something that may never happen080e116>
not some weird bottled up thing, I just don’t talk about it,
080e117>as if you throw a stone and don’t know what you’re doing080e117>
tragedy of the moral life
080e118>setting habits in place that are almost impossible to break,080e118>
not even sacrificing it for being a philosopher,
but for being a reader of philosophy
and you have to know how much you love that
and you must have the utmost confidence
you must bring it and be an arrogant bastard
080e120>but is that enough to sacrifice the other pleasures of life?080e120>
080e121>do the desires of the elitist have a hearing?080e121>
is it accepted? is it tolerated?
are conservatives like me tolerated?
well, you are here
but you’re different from polite society
080e122>you’ve known me for a long time
you have to put up with me…080e122>
080e123>…whether becoming is
or whether it’s just passing away
to another world beyond it;
how is that not a problem?080e123>
everything is historically conditioned
the fact that everything is historically conditioned;080e124>
otherwise, you have to say
080e125>people will think that for a while, even a long while,
and that afterwards people will think something else080e125>
unless you have a vantage point from the end of history,080e126>
because we do, groundless
doesn’t the fact that you believe something for no reason trouble you?
080e127>do you not think about your life? do you not take it seriously?080e127>
how do you both think about your life and not think about it?
how do you as a thinking person discard any notion of value, untroubled?
you just do what the culture tells you?
no, most people aren’t relativists,
but most people would like to think of themselves that way;
that’s where the money is
people really want to be tolerant,
but that’s so obviously not true…
precisely the most cultural cultures
are the least relativist…
080e128>but I won’t give you a half-baked argument
about how tolerance has to be tolerant of intolerant.080e128>
080e129>as if I fight against relativism
because it is the strongest strategy of people who want
everyone to be a pawn in the game:080e129>
080e130>easier to manipulate
if they don’t believe in anything…080e130>
080e131>our daily experience sounds silly,
but that’s not a refutation;080e131>
080e132>it seems like a silly refutation
because a 15 year-old could think of it,080e132>
but why doesn’t it seem like a silly idea
because a 15 year-old could refute it?
so logically unsound and yet so powerful
and wish they could think it
but know they can’t
and it may be that political ideas
must be philosophically half-baked
080e133>and you just have to make things work by trial and error,080e133>
but people like to argue from principles;
080e134>which way is it better to be wrong?080e134>
to some extent, but moving beyond it,
to say culture is binding and brainwashing
makes you sloppy and lazy and watch too much TV.
080e135>I choose things that don’t make me happy, constantly,080e135>
and part of it is my fault
080e136>but part of it is that I live where these things are really accessible,080e136>
and sometimes I wished I lived in a place that
made its first and only purpose to keep me straight and focused,
080e137>and for those reasons I have serious doubts about democracy and liberalism.080e137>
080e138>I just hate loving things
I’m supposed to love: 080e138>
080e139>You’re feeling what’s happening now.
This is the world’s expression...080e139>
080e140>A soul is big enough for the high and the low
Except for the fact that we die.080e140>
How many great books have there been?
More than none.
They’ve always been possible.
Not before they existed.
080e141>Philosophers exist into the future.080e141>
080e142>Civilized man could fade away.080e142>
It’s the perfect fry, perfect shape, width, etc.
And you’re telling me that’s not petty?
Why is that petty?
Why is it not? 080e143>I think the onus is pretty much on you.080e143>
080e144>It’s perfect; it’s not the fry that matters, but the perfection080e144>
080e145>Then why shouldn’t we make the goal of America to produce the perfect pair of tits?080e145>
080e146>I mean the perfect killing gun.080e146>
080e147>So what about the great man? We don’t want everything to be great.080e147>
We want them to run the country, to teach us.
Then why should there be any constraints on their power?
080e148>The great man wouldn’t allow for the perfect French fry.080e148>