- Justice, Crime, and Ethics
It was considered illegal for women or minorities to vote or to help people who were enslaved escape to freedom. In such cases, what was legal was immoral and what was moral was illegal. Some of us did what was right and good at great peril and personal cost during such times, even though we broke the law. Others of us remained responsible, law-abiding citizens and, by omitting to do the good we could have done, allowed others to experience unimaginable suffering and injustice.
Sometimes, I just think this world has surpassed its capacity. It's overflowing. Our day to day lives are replete with both happiness and misfortune. Yet, because we cannot see the excess from the inside, we still feel unfulfilled. Given that we are capable of acknowledging neither excess nor deprivation, we might as well not exist.
It annoys people. I am the type that hates the abuse of language. There is a right word to describe anything known to man - one needs to only discover it. When billions of people and countless languages with their countless words have existed before and will after us, it is silly to think otherwise. When the right words are strung together, there is no greater poetry than the realization of one's reality communicated.
Sometimes, I got behind the wheel of my Ford, rolled down the windows, and drove for hours, from the East Bay to the South Bay, up the Peninsula and back. I drove through the grids of cottonwood-lined streets in our Fremont neighborhood, where people who'd never shaken hands with kings lived in shabby, flat one-story houses with barred windows, where old cars like mine dripped oil on blacktop driveways. Pencil gray chain-link fences closed off the backyards in our neighborhood.
The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that that situation is over, you cannot move forward.
Ever thought about it? Why are we alive? What is the purpose of life? What's the use of living such a boring life as if it's obligatory when we're all going to die anyway? Why do we follow a routine of going school and being educated for the first half of our life then working for the next half? And somewhere in between there we marry and have kids, only to live a little longer and die. Why do we follow that routine? Ever thought about it?
- Violence is never the answer.
Violence is never the answer. War only involves innocent lives. Countries thinking of going to war should first think about the innocent lives that may be taken because of their selfish actions. There are many non-violent ways to settle a dispute, but humans, for all I know, might never understand this.
- Logic Puzzle
There is a question I could ask you that has a definite correct answer - either yes or no - but it is logically impossible for you to give the correct answer. You might know what the correct answer is, but you cannot give it. Anybody other than you might possibly be able to give the correct answer, but you cannot! Can you figure out what question I could have in mind?
- Aristotle Quotes
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Through discipline comes freedom. The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
- Tragedy or whatever - Thirteen Reasons Why
Like driving along a bumpy road and losing control of the steering wheel, tossing you - just a tad - off the road. The wheels kick up some dirt, but you're able to pull it back. Yet no matter how hard you try to drive straight, something keeps jerking you to the side. You have so little control over anything anymore. And at some point, the struggle becomes too much - too tiring - and you consider letting go. Allowing tragedy... or whatever... to happen.
- Thirteen Reasons Why
If you hear a song that makes you sad and you don't want to cry anymore, you don't listen to that song anymore. But you can't get away from yourself. You can't decide to turn off the noise in your head.
- Everything affects everything - 13 Reasons Why
You don't know what goes on in anyone's life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person's life, you're not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can't be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person's life, you're messing with their entire life. Everything... affects everything.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray
Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
- Don't Give Up, Keep It Up
There are days you bungle all the way through the quotes; I know, it really sucks. But there are also days you don't miss a single letter; and it feels good! Some days you don't get to type as fast as you usually do; I feel you, it's frustrating. But some other days you type faster than you usually do; and it feels like flying, doesn't it? Happiness only exists as a counterpart of sadness. Don't give up, keep it up. Consistency is what makes your typing strong.
Langston Hughes 1902-67
- The Negro Speaks of Rivers
I've known rivers: I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers. I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young. I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep. I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it. I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset. I've known rivers: Ancient, dusky rivers.
She stood intently looking down into the glimmering street, far below, swarming with people, merging into little eddies and disengaging themselves to pursue their own individual ways. A few minutes later she stood in the doorway, drawn by an uncontrollable desire to mingle with the crowd. The purple sky showed tremulous clouds piled up, drifting here and there with a sort of endless lack of purpose.
- Free Speech
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. This quote from Voltaire is essential to a free and open society.
-6 Flying Dragons_ Ep 32
As the swordsman said when people ask,"When you fight, how do you decide whether to attack or defend?" and he answered, "Swordsman like me decide on the moment. But what you decide is not important. It is important to believe in that decision. You have to believe that your defense or your attack will work." And people asked again, "But what is that belief is wrong." And he said, "I die. Of course."
- The Painful Plan
I can't stop thinking about her, for she was my everything, or so it seemed. We slowly drifted apart, and now all I think about is how it was my fault that things turned out this way. I loved her, but I knew that if she just limited herself to depending on me, she'd never improve. Years later, I'm the one with the emotions, while she is thriving, and happy. I keep telling myself that maybe that was what I wanted all along, was for her to be happy, even if it meant discarding my happiness.
- Death Game with No Rules
You believe that just because we were forced to be here, forced to go to a distant location nearby and eliminate alienated creatures at the random, that we'd be teammates? You're just fooling yourself into believing that you can depend on the help of a total stranger when both your life, and theirs is in danger. In the end, it doesn't matter who survives, or who dies. Get this straight now, we're not teammates, we're all just rivals, competing for survival in this twisted game.