I'm a pseudo-intellectual and a pretty transparent one at that. I know just enough about various subjects to hold a conversation with someone who doesn't know much about them and make it seem like I know my stuff but when faced with someone who does, I get exposed like an old lady who gets her blouse caught in a car door which then drives off letting everyone in the surrounding area see her saggy tits before she realises what's happened and gets the chance to cover them up.
A brief history of my life.
It all started one winters eve in 1986. The snow trickled down onto the cars in the car park of the hospital. A door nearby had been left slightly ajar and every time the wind blew the door open, manic screams could be heard coming from inside. The screams were that of my mother's as she tried to force my fat head out of her tiny, unwilling vagina. Fast-forward 27 years and I discover amirite and here I am. A bunch of stuff happened inbetween but I won't bore you with the details.
The coolest places I've visited.
In my free time I like to...
Shave coconuts and chew bicycle saddles.
“A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought".
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night
"We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively outweighs the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupifying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.We lucky few who won the lottery of birth. How dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which most of us have never stirred".
― Richard Dawkins, Unweaving The Rainbow
“The knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on earth - the atoms that make up the human body, are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures. These stars- the high mass ones among them- went unstable in their later years-they collapsed and then exploded, scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy- guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas clouds that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems- stars with orbiting planets. And those planets now have the ingredients for life itself. So that when I look up at the night sky, and I know that yes we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up- many people feel small, because they're small and the universe is big. But I feel big because my atoms came from those stars".
― Neil deGrasse Tyson
"When the poet Paul Valery once asked Albert Einstein if he kept a notebook to record his ideas, Einstein looked at him with mild but genuine surprise. "Oh, that's not necessary," he replied . "It's so seldom I have one".
― Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything
“Human beings are a species splendid in their array of moral equipment, tragic in their propensity to misuse it, and pathetic in their ignorance of the misuse".
― Robert Wright, The Moral Animal
“The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them. To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job".
― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum".
― Noam Chomsky
"You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity".
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Animals used in the dairy industry usually live longer and are treated as badly if not worse than their meat counterparts, and they all end up in the same slaughterhouse anyway. The meat and dairy industries are inextricably intertwined. As far as I am concerned, there is more suffering in a glass of milk than in a pound of steak, though I would not consume either. Vegetarianism as a moral position is no more coherent than saying that you think it morally wrong to eat meat from a spotted cow but not morally wrong to eat meat from a non-spotted cow".
― Gary Francione
"Thinking men and women the world over are beginning to realize that patriotism is too narrow and limited a conception to meet the necessities of our time. The centralization of power has brought into being an international feeling of solidarity among the oppressed nations of the world; a solidarity which represents a greater harmony of interests between the workingman of America and his brothers abroad than between the American miner and his exploiting compatriot; a solidarity which fears not foreign invasion, because it is bringing all the workers to the point when they will say to their masters, "go and do your own killing. We have done it long enough for you"".
― Emma Goldman, What Is Patriotism?