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Just finished reading Unsong by Scott Alexander. What a pure genius book.

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If we were judging religions and ranking them, what would be our criteria?

"Hegel believed that freedom is best nurtured through a constitutional monarchy. The monarch (in his case Frederick William III) embodies the spirit and desires of the governed, who have now become free. Hegel thus declares his own Prussian society the final stage of the development of the consciousness of freedom."

I didn't know what; quite lame for Hegel.

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> "[..] When are we truly free? When our choices are based on “the social ethos of an organic community,” says Singer, interpreting Hegel."


Maybe I should try reading actual Lacan, rather than other people's interpretations of his theories.

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Every time I read about Lacan, it's an explanation of his complicated theories but no reasons as to how he came to arrive at such a complicated model or why it is this model he proposes.

"the Self is the fetishized illusion of a substantial core of subjectivity where, in reality, there is nothing."

Cato: “Never is he more active than when he does nothing, never is he less alone than when he is by himself.”

I've started reading the The Burnout Society by Byung-Chul Han, and it's just brilliant! Highly recommended, even though I'm still in the beginning

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Transgression in Marriage and Orgy, Chapter 10 of Bataille's 'Erotism: Death and Sensuality.' 😳


"For free, for me to throw in the face of democracy
For those who help making solidarity ideologically untrendy
And charity individualistically idiotic, unsmart and characteristically bendy"

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"And so I raise my glass to all of you who really believe that I get
Paid for my big responsibility
To all of you who suck it up and pay my debts
To all of you who think that my lifestyle does not affect the environment or the poverty"

This is really an amazing read. It seems long but I just didn't want it to end. Excellent summary of Heidegger's philosophy.


"In picking up a broom and sweeping the floor, Dasein frees the broom to be what it really is, namely, that which one uses in order to sweep the floor; Dasein “actualizes” the broom. Dasein ontologically liberates the broom."



“The self is a relation which relates itself to its own self, or it is that in the relation that the relation relates itself to its own self; the self is not the relation but that the relation relates itself to its own self.”

― Søren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death: A Christian Psychological Exposition for Upbuilding and Awakening

Reform or reset: of the ultimate dilemmas series.

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