Ugly Things x Nothing Permitted

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2 days ago

Music teaches us that everything has its place in time and space.

5 days ago

stress-day philosophising

6 days ago

Gonna start a new blog curating tech, science, philo, lit and art geared towards near-future possibilities in human experience soon haha. Reminder to self.

6 days ago

Some or even most people live in the structures that have been built around them, historical, social physical ones — and for good reason, because they are organic, and more or less fail-safe, having had years to evolve and take dominant and acceptable forms. There is hardly any room for transgression or confrontation when one sticks to principles and limits the boundary between what should and should not have been done to very clear ideas of what is right and true about the world. There is only one option, one ideal, and it is right. And, it is easy. But I hope it gets you nowhere. It should. But the world is disproportionately fair to those who play to its nasty tune and usually it does give you a lot of things — security, comfort, success.

It is also easy, to, after having learnt a little bit about yourself or just a little bit about the world, believe that one can begin to make sense out of it without anything less than the repression of one’s transgressive and anarchic tendencies. To try and live without one’s capability to make dubious the truest facts of daily life. Sometimes it may even be tempting to look upon “country rat” naïveté as something admirable, as a sort of innocence that is unstainable just because it refuses to question, and to know. 

But that world is going to cave in. It already falls apart today. It will not exist in 50 years. In the last 50 years, a lot changed, but that change is not going to be comparable at all to the next 50 years. The search for timeless facts about human identity is no longer in the same sector of imagination and experience as it had been for many many centuries. The search for the stability and the eventual flourishing of life no longer has the same socio-historical roots or profound meaning.

Yet, most of us carry ourselves through our daily environments, our relationships, careers, aspirations, and lives, within a system of thought that is, and has, remained stuck in the past for a little too long now. In a world of chaos and change, we need most to optimise our attention to the things that can matter, and take control of the knowledge that will matter. Most of what we know now is irrelevant, at least from the point of view of the intellect. Though this is untrue for our personal experiences and our relationships, these domains of our lives are nevertheless affected by the politics, economics, commerce, consumption, infrastructure, technology, media and the ideas we have surrounded ourselves with and are surrounded by.

Most people give up at a certain point for more fun, family, security, in fear of losing the battle (ever again) against the abyss of the unknown. I wonder what I will do, before that inevitably happens.

6 days ago

this is an artist

6 days ago
1 week ago

Ich weiß noch nicht, wer ich bin, aber ich habe es vor langer aufgegeben. Aber das ist nicht ganz wahr, weil ich auf der Suche nie gestoppt habe. Es manchmal immer noch mich verfolgt. Ich wage immer noch interessiert mich für meine Identität zu sein, aber ich glaube, dass das immer überheblich nicht ist. Manchmal kann es ehrlich sein. Manchmal ist es wichtig, egoistisch zu sein.

1 week ago
I do think that our perception of reality is fragmentary, and in 20th-century literature, it’s totally normal to not describe reality as something whole and completely transportable and explicable. That’s been accepted in novels. But genre films always pretend that reality is transportable, which means that it is explicable.
- Michael Haneke
1 week ago
Pornography, it seems to me, is no different from war films or propaganda films in that it tries to make the visceral, horrific, or transgressive elements of life consumable. Propaganda is far more pornographic than a home video of two people fucking.
- Michael Haneke
1 week ago
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