"The world itself is the crime."
Nic Pizzolatto, discussing True Detective on To The Best Of Our Knowledge
"When I speak of the darkness,
I mean this living."
Leigh Stein, A Brief History of My Life
"It’s easy to see the beginnings of things and harder to see the ends."
"It is time to abandon the world of the civilized and its light… Secretly or not, it is time to become completely different, or to cease being."
Georges Bataille, The Sacred Conspiracy (via 100000anneeslumiere)
"The eighteenth century embraced the idea of progress; the nineteenth century had evolution; the twentieth century had growth and then innovation. Our era has disruption, which, despite its futurism, is atavistic. It’s a theory of history founded on a profound anxiety about financial collapse, an apocalyptic fear of global devastation, and shaky evidence."
"Take stock of those around you and you will hear them talk in precise terms about themselves and their surroundings, which would seem to point to them having ideas on the matter. But start to analyze those ideas and you will find that they hardly reflect in any way the reality to which they appear to refer, and if you go deeper you will discover that there is not even an attempt to adjust the ideas to this reality. Quite the contrary: through these notions the individual is trying to cut off any personal vision of reality, of his own very life. For life is at the start a chaos in which one is lost. The individual suspects this, but he is frightened at finding himself face to face with this terrible reality, and tries to cover it over with a curtain of fantasy, where everything is clear. It does not worry him that his “ideas” are not true, he uses them as trenches for the defense of his existence, as scarecrows to frighten away reality."
José Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses
"Society wants to be the one to decide how people are to transcend death; it will tolerate the causa-sui project only if it fits into the standard social project; This is one of the reasons for bigotry and censorship of all kinds over personal morality: people fear that the standard morality will be undermined - another way of saying that they fear they will no longer be able to control life and death."
Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death
"Between one being and another, there is a gulf, a discontinuity."
Georges Bataille, Erotism: Death and Sensuality