Continued: Play – Part I-VIII

“But doesn’t the complete absence of pain make us incautious? Would we not take risks upon us we – under normal circumstances – wouldn’t? Would that not be contrary to our strive for survival?”

“If nothing can hurt you, can there be risks?”

“Of course, something could kill me.”

“Would that be such a loss?”

“I would say it is in our human nature to fight for survival.”

“That is just what our animalistic instincts tell us.”

“Then what is it our human instincts tell us to fight for?”

“We are human. We are deprived of instincts. We have ratio instead, a much more powerful weapon.”

 

Source: Play (complete story)

Source: Part VIII (chapter)

Continued: Play – Part I-VII

“And in order to survive,” he continued, “we have to be strong. We cannot let trivial things such as pain pull us down. Thanks to ratio humans have defied the laws of nature many times. I say it’s about time we took evolution into our own hands and used our greatest strength to overcome our greatest weakness. Our mind enables and paralyzes us at the same time, it pushes us forward and holds us back, liberates us and ties us down, raises us above all things only to drop us into the darkest hole. Wouldn’t it be mankind’s greatest achievement to put an end to this arbitrariness?”

Source: Play (complete story)

Source: Part VII – Surviving Distortion (chapter)

Same Same

“Equality is a moral idea, not an assertion of fact. There is no logically compelling reason for assuming that a factual difference in ability between two people justifies any difference in the amount of consideration we give to their needs and interests. The principle of the equality of human beings is not a description of an alleged actual equality among humans: it is a prescription of how we should treat human beings. ” (Peter Singer, All Animals Are Equal)

Sex, Food and the Catholic Church

“It’s the strangest thing about this church: it is obsessed with sex, absolutely obsessed. Now they will say we with our permissive society and our brute jokes are obsessed – No! We have a healthy attitude. We like it, it’s fun, it’s jolly, because it’s a primal impulse. It can be dangerous and dark and difficult – it’s a bit like food in that respect only even more exciting. The only people who are obsessed with food are anorexics and the morbidly obese. And that, in erotic terms, is the Catholic Church in a nutshell.” (Stephen Fry on Intelligence Squared, The Catholic Church Is a Force for Good, 2009)

Play

Continued: Part I-IV

Part I – A Pleasurable Welcome   He got out of his car, slammed the door shut behind him, locked it, walked a few steps towards the house, then turned around and checked again if he had really…

Source: Play

On Religion

“Religion has always been all about the penis […], more evidentially than metaphorically. And I do believe it should be treated as such. […] Religion, like a penis, should never be shown in public, and never forcefully rammed down anybody’s throat – much less that of a child.” (Carlos Celdran on Itelligence Squared, Religion Is Good for Us)

Stories

Continued: Part I – III

 

Part I – A Pleasurable Welcome   He got out of his car, slammed the door shut behind him, locked it, walked a few steps towards the house, then turned around and checked again if he had really…

Source: Stories

The Gift of Storytelling

“Great stories happen to people who know how to tell them” – a truth that perfectly sums up the phenomenon that surrounds a former friend of mine, who did in fact not do much more than hang around in cafés and read books but who filled everyone he talked to with envy of his seemingly adventurous and bizarre life.