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It applies to everything. America is full of frustrated, broken, baffled people because so many of us think, “If I work this hard, this many hours a week, I should have (a great job, a nice house, a nice car, etc). I don’t have that thing, therefore something has corrupted the system and kept me from getting what I deserve, and that something must be (the government, illegal immigrants, my wife, my boss, my bad luck, etc).”

How ‘The Karate Kid’ Ruined The Modern World | Cracked.com

So, so true. Though I disagree that it’s movies that ruined the modern world; instead, it’s people uncritically believing in those movies, because it’s nicer to dream that life is really that easy, rather than face reality on a daily basis and realize that everything you do in life will always be difficult at first, and should be difficult.

Kind of like why people believe in god(s).

There’s only so much time in the day, and only so many days in our lives. There’s enough great work out there that you don’t need to waste any time with anything that isn’t great.

Marco.org: (via peterwknox)

I agree completely.

I think this simple explanation is why I don’t understand people who spend their lives reading, watching, or listening to crap. I understand seeing the occasional awful film just to laugh at it, or perhaps reading one trashy novel in between dozens of academic works to let off some steam. Those are exceptions, and without them we wouldn’t be human.

But what I don’t understand is how, especially today, when there are so many things of high quality being created in every media in existence, people actually choose to consume garbage on a regular basis.

My only hypothesis is that consuming crap is easier - and most people generally gravitate towards what’s easier rather than what’s right or what’s more fulfilling. But it is extremely difficult for me to understand this reasoning - or lack thereof. Anyone care to share any insight on this?

Life is a comedy for those who think… and a tragedy for those who feel.

Horace Walpole (via killdatmuthafckr)

back when i was teaching this was my signature line in all my e-mails to my students. if i taught them anything i hope i taught them that it is a fun cross to bear to be smart.

(via oldtobegin)

I think I just found my new favorite quotation.

‘Are you alive?
Prove it.’

‘Sooner or later, the day comes when you can’t hide from the things that you’ve done anymore.’

‘Because it’s not enough to just live. You have to have something to live for.’

‘I never wanted this kind of responsibility.
They never asked us what we wanted. Welcome to the big leagues.’

‘I believe that it is never a mistake to follow your heart.’

Battlestar Galactica. lol, i so miss this show <3 (via elginger) (via frakyeahbsg)

Philosophically speaking, this show went further than any I have seen on television before or since. I highly recommend it to those who demand some intellectual challenges with their entertainment.

It is not wisdom but a mark of immaturity to recommend that we simply examine our hearts if we wish to discover the good life; for it is just because men rely so completely and unreflectively on their intuitive insights and passionate impulses that needless sufferings and conflicts occur among them. The point is clear: claims as to what is required by wisdom need to be adjudicated if such claims are to be warranted; and accordingly, objective methods must be instituted, on the basis of which the conditions, the consequences, and the mutual compatibility of different courses of action may be established. But if such methods are introduced, we leave the miasmal swamps of supra-scientific wisdom, and are brought back again to the firm soil of scientific knowledge.

Ernest Nagel: ‘Malicious Philosophies of Science’ (1943) (via fuckyeahphilosophy)

I cannot count how many ways I have argued this, albeit not nearly as eloquently.

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