Archive for May, 2009

QotD: What never fails to make you laugh?

What never fails to make you laugh?
Submitted by BeautifullyBroken.

Family Guy

Arrested Development


Conan O'Brien

Human conventions (See Postmodern Soliloquy)

People who plug their own blog while answering questions on their blog (see above)

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A Postmodern Soliloquy

05/02/2009 3 comments

The world begins to look a little strange, a little ironic, once you realize that life or human existence is convention all the way down; once you realize that governmental structures, societal standards, moral standards, and language, are all conventions; once you realize that the world is a playground for humanity’s little games; once you realize that the world is not fixed but is like a river: always moving, always changing.

The situation becomes even stranger when you realize that you are one of the few who realize this. When you realize that you are one of the few who have escaped the entrapment of culture and are allowed to see life for what it is: convention all the way down. It is as if a vision has appeared to you. Suddenly you are flung up out of the blue bubble into the stars and find yourself looking down on everyone playing their little made-up games. And you laugh. You laugh as the blind pieces move to and fro. As they swing from their swings and slide down their slides. You laugh as they go about arguing, yelling, killing over rulebook preferences. You laugh as they claim to have set their standards in cement when you know that all that lies underneath is but mere quicksand. You laugh at how funny, at how absurd, the world is: how one day witches are burned and the next day they never existed; how one day psychological diseases were nowhere, the next day everywhere. Or how intelligence is but a number; health, disability, saneness, madness but a statistical norm. Or how what is acceptable hygiene standards, fashion standards, religious standards, moral standards, sexual standards, academic standards, vocational and financial standards, are all mere vapors manifesting themselves as Platonic Forms.

But then, after all this is revealed, you are thrown back down to earth. You realize that the message of your vision must be spread. People must know what you have seen. However, your last realization is that in order to communicate the vision to others, you must conform. You must play the games and adopt the rules of you neighbor. You must live in contradiction. You must live in irony. And as you go about your mission, as you get used to living amongst those who mistake convention for reality, there are times when you forget the vision. You forget that life is convention all the way down. Eventually, you may forget it entirely and begin doubting that it ever happened, only receiving brief glimpses of it while stuck in traffic wondering why oh why God made the traffic rules the way he did.

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You Are Accepted: Christianity at its finest.

The following is a link to a chapter written by Paul Tillich–the great 20th century Protestant theologian and existentialist–entitled “You Are Accepted.” He sets out his own (or something more akin to a Kierkegaardian) understanding of grace and sin. And don’t be mislead by the title. “You Are Accepted” sound like words from a contemporary self-help charlatan. But hopefully the fact that Tillich is the author will make it clear that such is not the case here. This is some of the deepest shit there is. Absolutely beautiful.

“Sin” andgrace” are strange words; but they are not strange things. We find them whenever we look into ourselves with searching eyes and longing hearts. They determine our life. They abound within us and in all of life. May grace more abound within us!

You Are Accepted

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