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Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:48 am

"If you're creating anything at all, it's really dangerous to care about what people think."
- Kristen Wiig
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Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:34 pm

“Modern Americans behave as if intelligence were some sort of hideous deformity.”
— Frank Zappa
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Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:00 am

"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it."
--Voltaire
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Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:16 am

If someone tells you the way to succeed is to be a sociopathic narcissist, RUN. They're not talking about you: they're revealing themselves.

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Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:03 am

“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”
— Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper
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Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:05 pm

"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." - Voltaire
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Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:15 pm

Why Are Beggars Despised?

by George Orwell

It is worth saying something about the social position of beggars, for when one has consorted with them, and found that they are ordinary human beings, one cannot help being struck by the curious attitude that society takes towards them. People seem to feel that there is some essential difference between beggars and ordinary "working" men. They are a race apart--outcasts, like criminals and prostitutes. Working men "work," beggars do not "work"; they are parasites, worthless in their very nature. It is taken for granted that a beggar does not "earn" his living, as a bricklayer or a literary critic "earns" his. He is a mere social excrescence, tolerated because we live in a humane age, but essentially despicable.

Yet if one looks closely one sees that there is no essential difference between a beggar's livelihood and that of numberless respectable people. Beggars do not work, it is said; but, then, what is work? A navvy works by swinging a pick. An accountant works by adding up figures.

A beggar works by standing out of doors in all weathers and getting varicose veins, chronic bronchitis, etc. It is a trade like any other; quite useless, of course--but, then, many reputable trades are quite useless. And as a social type a beggar compares well with scores of others. He is honest compared with the sellers of most patent medicines, high-minded compared with a Sunday newspaper proprietor, amiable compared with a hire-purchase tout--in short, a parasite, but a fairly harmless parasite. He seldom extracts more than a bare living from the community, and, what should justify him according to our ethical ideas, he pays for it over and over in suffering. I do not think there is anything about a beggar that sets him in a different class from other people, or gives most modern men the right to despise him.

Then the question arises, Why are beggars despised?--for they are despised, universally. I believe it is for the simple reason that they fail to earn a decent living. In practice nobody cares whether work is useful or useless, productive or parasitic; the sole thing demanded is that it shall be profitable. In all the modern talk about energy, efficiency, social service and the rest of it, what meaning is there except "Get money, get it legally, and get a lot of it"? Money has become the grand test of virtue. By this test beggars fail, and for this they are despised. If one could earn even ten pounds a week at begging, it would become a respectable profession immediately. A beggar, looked at realistically, is simply a businessman, getting his living, like other businessmen, in the way that comes to hand. He has not, more than most modern people, sold his honor; he has merely made the mistake of choosing a trade at which it is impossible to grow rich.

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Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:24 pm

Katherine Fugate writes:
There is a completely different creative energy when you decide I'm going to do this instead of waiting for someone to give you permission.
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Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:06 pm

"Tell the truth. The truth is so damning that it will radicalize folk. There's no need to embellish. The truth is enough." - Deray McKesson
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Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Aug 25, 2015 8:37 pm

"My god, the whole world worships boredom. All working towards it." - Vivian Stanshall
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