Man is the measure of all things; of things that are, that they are, and of things that are not, that they are not.

It seemed to me that the important difference between Protagoras and the authors of the Bible was that the former thought that the mental constructs existed in the mind of a mortal being, while the latter thought that the mental constructs existed in the mind of an immortal being.

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Ideas are so powerful, Weber insists in ‘The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism’ (1930), that when enough people hold dearly a certain set of beliefs, the course of history is forever altered.

Their potential was underutilized because they failed to recognize their own power as consumers to boycott a corporation to death. The 99% failed to realize that if they had the will-power to organize themselves and suddenly decided to stop eating from fast-food restaurants altogether, then all the major fast-food corporations would soon go bankrupt (take that, Tom Monahan!). But the 99% – these proletariats – they demonstrated and protested, all the while consuming corporate products and services, continuing to enable the very system they were protesting against.

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You don’t want to go somewhere where people can’t imagine you, because then they usually do you in.

And I think that the truth is, that what all these beautiful people actually saw was a reflection of themselves in the blank slate that was my soul. Even if my own soul had some minor part to play in their imaginations, it would be merely that my soul was yet nameless and unformed, and that this somehow allowed their reflection to be even clearer and stronger.

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We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

This would also mark a moment which begins a chain of events, ultimately leading to our self-awareness, and perhaps even a conclusion of self-actualization. It would mark the moment in which a psychological “veil” was removed, and thus the moment in which we discovered that our previously held understanding of the world was a delusion.

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Maybe an honest world will never exist. But what’s to stop us from dreaming? If each one of us tries to change, maybe then we’ll succeed.

There is something more sacred than life, and it is your dream. You and I, we do not dream to live; we live, to dream. So, do not be afraid of dying, nor of the stories of hell and hellfire told by those others. Be more afraid of that dreamless state, which is much worse than death.

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Particularly in commercialized societies, things received for nothing are often believed to be worthless.

In advocating for abortion, I am not advocating for the “wanton destruction of life,” though it may seem that way on some superficial level. On the contrary, I am advocating that we preserve what makes life good. I am advocating that we focus on trying to make the world beautiful, so that a mother will wish to bring her child into the world. A mother cannot do this all on her own.

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