“That men should cling so tenaciously to dogmas they have invented or accepted, and that they should hate so passionately the people who have invented or accepted other dogmas, are facts that can be accounted for only too easily. Certainty is profoundly comforting, and hatred pays a high dividend in emotional excitement.”—Aldous Huxley, Ends And Means
Stop it! Please god stop it with the fucking “Shit _____ say” videos. And I’m not even saying this as a shitty hipster that is “like, sooo over _____.” I’m saying this as a son who is desperately trying to convince his dad not to, please dad don’t, make that “who let the dogs out” joke again. Because it’s not, dad, a joke. Anymore. What Proust understood about memory please god can’t you grasp about jokes! They decay with use. You literally ruin what was good if you overdo it. And “shit girls say” was a legitimately funny video that made me laugh, but its template is now this horribly tragic dead horse that I feel really bad for. And, given the opportunity, I’d personally eat horse. So for me to feel bad for a dead one takes a whole lot. And we’re there. So stop. Please god stop. All of you.
“Suppose, gentlemen, that man is not stupid. (Really, it is quite impossible to say he is, for the sole reason that if he is stupid, who then is intelligent?) But even if he isn’t stupid, all the same he’s monstrously ungrateful! Phenomenally ungrateful. I even think the best definition of man is: a being that goes on two legs and is ungrateful.”—Dostoevsky, Notes From Underground