Bishop Irenaeus

“every one of them generates something new every day, according to his ability; for no one is considered initiated among them unless he develops some enormous fictions!”

Bill Hicks

We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.

Carl G. Jung

There was once a queer old man who lived in a cave, where he had sought refuge from the noise of the villages. He was reputed to be a sorcerer, and therefore he had disciples who hoped to learn the art of sorcery from him. But he himself was not thinking of any such thing. He was only seeking to know what it was that he did not know, but which, he felt certain, was always happening. After meditating for a very long time on that which is beyond meditation, he saw no other way of escape from his predicament than to take a piece of red chalk and draw all kinds of diagrams on the walls of his cave, in order to find out what that which he did not know might look like. After many attempts he hit on the circle. 'That's right,' he felt, 'and now for a quadrangle inside it!'--which made it better still. His disciples were curious; but all they could make out was that the old man was up to something, and they would have given anything to know what he was doing. But when they asked him: 'What are you doing there?' he made no reply. Then they discovered the diagrams on the wall and said: 'That's it!'--and they all imitated the diagrams. But in so doing they turned the whole process upside down, without noticing it: they anticipated the result in the hope of making the process repeat itself which had led to that result. This is how it happened then and how it still happens today.

Jello Biafra

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Dr. Christopher Hyatt

A good Student will immediately understand.. that much of what he has called 'failure' is truly pre-potent success. This is particularly true when the Student can write his 'autobiographies' with complete dispassion. Every autobiography is nothing more than a story of destruction and decay.
Whether a force is ultimately positive or negative doesn't matter, for it sets in motion other forces over which the magician has little or no control.
This form of Chaos is desired since unknown results lead to more Toxicity and Chaos. Toxick Magicians have been called the 'Children Who Hate.' And, if the truth be known, they do. They hate stupidity, death and restriction. They loathe the idea of linear time.

John Swinton

"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print.

"I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.

"The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?

"We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men.

"We are intellectual prostitutes."

philip k dick

"To burn the walls, to tear down the metal gates, to break each chain."

Larry Beinhart

"John Maynard Keynes was a British economist who invented the idea of deficit spending to stimulate the economy, especially at times of high unemployment. The method he recommended was investment in public works, which would employ people--immediately solving the unemployment issue--who would then have money to spend, and the aggregate total of spending and consumption would increase, boosting the entire economy.
"That's demand-side economics.
"Supply-side economics is the Republican inversion of the idea. It is that you give the money to the investing class and they will supply more things which the unemployed will want so much that they will... they will... rob convenience stores to obtain them."

Henry V. Miller

Though we no longer believe in alchemy, our age is nevertheless the one in which the art of transformation manifests itself in every realm. Almost everything we touch, eat, drink, smell has undergone an amazing process of transmutation. Everything we have learned about the "secret processes" derives from a study of nature. From eternity nature has been transforming everything--always in terms of a richer, more complicated life. In studying nature's ways we observe that everything is necessary and indispensable, or, as the mystics put it, that "everything has been given." Man can not alter nature, try as he will. He is not even able to subdue or chasten her. He can merely quicken or retard her processes. Despite himself, despite his petty, vain will, I mean, he is obliged to act in conformity with her laws. The more closely he studies her ways, the more obedient he becomes, the better and speedier his results.

There is a cosmic elasticity, if I may call it such, which is highly deceptive. It gives man the illusion, for a time, that he has the power to alter things. In the end, however, he is always brought back to himself. There, in his own nature, is where transmutation may be practiced, where indeed it should be practiced, and nowhere else. And when man perceives the truth of this he becomes reconciled to all apparant evil, ugliness, falsehood and frustration; thenceforth he ceases to impose upon the world his private picture of grief and woe, of sin and corruption.

Fire in the Crucible by John Briggs

"[Gerald] Holton has discerned that the work of scientific creativity is shaped by clusters of presuppositions and 'gut' assumptions. He calls these gut assumptions 'themata': themes. For the most part themata are aesthetic qualities like the assumption that the universe is basically symmetrical, or the opposite assumption that it's asymmetrical...

"The cluster of themata differs from scientist to scientist, though most scientists doing what Thomas Kuhn has called 'normal' science share basically the same set of underlying assumptions. Scientists who end up revolutionizing their fields appear to have a collection of themata at variance in some significant ways with the theme clusters held by most of their colleagues.
a bit further along, after a discussion on the divergent world views of Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, and Schr0dinger, John Briggs returns to the themata concept again...
"Holton thinks the particular constellation of themata of a great scientist is like a fingerprint. 'When you have a scientific paper and you take off the names and ask what is this person preoccupied with, you can see the thematic fingerprints on it.' Holton calls these obstinately held constituents of the scientist's vision themata because they recur through history and the total number which have thus far appeared in science is really quite small--around one hundred, he believes. At different moments in history, different themes come to the fore. There is an old theme of a universe composed of four elements--air, earth, fire and water. This has recently reemerged in physics as the search to explain all phenomena in terms of four elemental forces: gravity, electromagnetism, the strong and the weak nuclear forces.

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"Robert
Keegan, whose research was influenced by Holton, examined in detail Charles Darwin's intense, lifelong commitment to certain themes. Keegan calls these themes 'thought-forms.' He says, 'The thought-form can be viewed as the incarnation of a theme within an individual.' For example, in his books, papers, and journals Darwin struggled for twenty years to give expression to the 'thought-form' (or theme) of gradualism--just as Einstein had worked all his life to give expression to his personal collection of themes which included continuum and invariance."


And from On the Role of Themata in Scientific Thought:
There is always the danger of confusing thematic analysis with something else: with Jungian archetypes, with metaphysics, with paradigms and world views. (It might well be that the latter two
contain elements of themata. But the differences are overwhelming. For example, thematic oppositions persist during “normal science,” and themata persist through revolutionary periods. To a much larger degree than either paradigms or world views, thematic decisions seem to come more from the individual than from the social surrounding.)
- Gerald Holton -

Dalai Lama

Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.

Kurt Vonnegut - Breakfast of Champions

There is no order in the world around us, we must adapt ourselves to the requirements of chaos instead. It is hard to adapt to chaos, but it can be done. I am living proof of that: It can be done.

Henry Miller - Money and How It Gets That Way

"To walk in money through the night crowd, protected by money, lulled by money, dulled by money, the crowd itself a money, the breath money, no least single object anywhere that is not money, money, money everywhere and still not enough, and then no money, or a little money or less money or more money, but money, always money, and if you have money or you don't have money it is the money that counts and money makes money, but what makes money make money?"

define fascism:

The marriage of corporation and state led by a totalitarian government that emphasizes nationalism.

Henry Miller from 'Into the Future'

We are facing an absolutely new condition of life, one that is almost unbearable, at least for a sensitive being. That such an antagonism always existed I have no doubt: the artist was always in conflict with the world, with the world in which he found himself. The fact that there are artists means that life is well-night insupportable. And yet, in the past there was always a thread of communication between the sensitive and the insensitive. There were forms and symbols, mythologies which served as alphabets and which enabled the uninitiated to decipher the divine script of the artist. Today the very thread, language, seems to have snapped. Powerless to communicate his vision, the artist loses his belief in himself, in his role or mission. Whereas before his escape from the pain of living was through art, today he has no escape except to deny his own validity. Today all the hierarchies have broken down: in every field of human endeavor we are faced with chaos. There is no choice, only to surrender. Surrender to the flux, to the drift towards a new and unthinkable order.

Lord Acton

"Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end...liberty is the only object which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere opposition...The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to to govern. Every class is unfit to govern...Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."