Book reccomend: Everything by Aaron Haspel

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Book reccomend: Everything by Aaron Haspel

Postby paulhewson » Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:06 am

It's a book a of aphorisms. The only other book I have read like this is Nassim Taleb's. I think this one is quite a bit better.

Some selections:

Where once you had to confess your sins to be saved, it now suffices to confess your disease.

Sanity is correspondence at the expense of coherence. Madness is coherence at the expense of correspondence.

Whatever you have done, you are the sort of person who would do that.

You never violate your principles: you only discover that they are not what you thought they were.

Man is everywhere in chains, which imposes a substantial evidentiary burden on those who claim that he is born to be free.

The practicing capitalist is a capitalist; the practicing anarchist is a terrorist; the practicing socialist is a thief.

Abroad we make our soldiers pretend to be policemen, and at home we let our policemen pretend to be soldiers.

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Re: Book reccomend: Everything by Aaron Haspel

Postby zach2000 » Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:25 pm

"The practicing capitalist is a capitalist; the practicing anarchist is a terrorist; the practicing socialist is a thief."

This is written with far too much self-assurance. How can we be sure than anyone who says or claims to be what they are, are in fact always this label?

I feel like an anarchist most of the time. But in practice I am just a regular fuckin' lame ass American.

What does this mean?

It means that America isn't the answer. Nor is capitalism. There is no answer, in fact, because we all die and God, whether or not he exists, will remain a mystery until then. Meanwhile faith being "the substance of things hoped for" will always be some other cloak we wear, hoping it fits while knowing we aren't really anything better than human.

I could write about more of these but what is the point. If aphorisms are meant to be thinking exercises then congratulations, because I thought something. But still...

Nothing can be solved.


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