Bought this for Soror Xatzot as a gift!
93 - Also get ‘The Drug’ and other stories. Or whatever it’s called. Fuck it, I’m drunk.
By IAO131, idea stolen without shame from @climbing-the-holy-mountain
The modern age of technology has provided us the means to get more and more of what we want – friends through social networking sites, information through search engines, and all the food we could ever want at a supermarket (et cetera ad infinitum). In spite of this, a fundamental characteristic of our modern era is widespread dissatisfaction and disenchantment. We have houses with heating and plumbing that kings could only wish for in past epochs, yet we are not content. We have 500 friends on Facebook, yet we are lonely. We sail through the air in metal contraptions at unfathomable speeds, yet we are impatient. When we get down to it, what do we all hope to gain from this relentless pursuit of wants and accumulation of possessions? It stems from this deep, underlying sense that there is something lacking in our lives despite all the things we have. There is a hole and this hole is filled with stuff, whether material objects or knowledge or whatever else. We are looking for a sense of true fulfillment but the pursuit of our wants has left us no closer to our goal. In fact, all of our striving towards “having” makes us more dissatisfied: for everything we have, we also gain a fear of losing it. We have everything backwards: our very preoccupation with wanting is the source of our lack. It is the source of our anxiety, our loneliness, our emptiness, our meaninglessness, and our sense of inauthenticity that we strove to extinguish by obtaining the objects of our desires. We want to be truly and authentically alive, yet – paradoxically – we have our hands so full with our “wants” and “haves” that we are left completely empty-handed.
- IAO131, From Part 1 of “True Will: The Radical Re-Orientation Towards Becoming Who We Are”
“18 months? Really? Is that all?” – that’s what one friend wrote in a catch up email (plus I also find I prefer catch-ups, so I can get used to normal interaction). The fact that it’s only been 18 months makes me giddy with delight. It’s been tough, easy,…