"The human race will disappear. Other races in turn will appear and disappear. The skies will be glacial and empty, traversed by the feeble light of half-dead stars. These too will disappear. Everything will disappear. And human actions are as free and as stripped of meaning as the unfettered movements of the elementary particles. Good, evil, morality, sentiments? Pure ‘Victorian fictions.’ All that exists is egotism. Cold, intact, and radiant."
— Michel Houellebecq, H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life (via zopherus)
"In Vienna, culture—including working-class culture—became ever more quietist, hedonistic, sceptical-courteous, courteous-sceptical; ‘it sought small-town tranquility, small-town narrow-mindedness, small-town pleasures, the charm of “once upon a time”’; it was still a metropolis, but a Baroque metropolis. This had always been a society that, as Erich Heller had described it, placed faith over intellect; it now rejected politics and political thought too, and took up aesthetics instead; but this increasingly produced a state of ethical indifference, a kind of naked hedonism, based on a superficial view of life as ornamentation and decoration. It was a style that pervaded all classes: ‘From archduke to folk singer, but also from the Grossbürgertum down through the proletariat, the hedonistic attitude prevailed.’ Vienna remained frivolous in its own very special way: non-aggressive, confusedly light-hearted, always amiable, full of Gemütlichkeit: a kind of operetta wisdom, as Broch puts it, somehow shadowed by its own impending demise.
…The Biedermeier era had enshrined a belief in merrymaking and make-believe. Among the upper bourgeoisie, financial security prompted a pursuit of pleasure for its own sake. For both nobility and bourgeoisie, sociability became an obsession. ‘This gaiety required incessant playacting. Everyone from porter and streetcar conductor to count and emperor delighted in impersonation and witty repartee, turning each social transaction into a smoothly played scene.’ Everyone used diminutives, ‘as if each speaker stood on friendly terms with the objects he addressed: he possessed his own little house with a tiny door and a cosy bed’. Everyone said ‘I should like’, creating a quality of polite narcissism. Everyone affected a lower-class Viennese accent, making the city appear a kind of permanent theater-stage."
— The City as Pleasure Principle, Cities in Civilization by Peter Hall (via jaded-toddler)
"They call you heartless; but you have a heart and I love you for being ashamed to show it."
— Friedrich Nietzsche (via stxxz)
"The wise pleasure seeker, having realised they are “different degrees of desire” and never desirable, gives up both Virtue and Vice and becomes a Kiaist. Riding the Shark of his desire he crosses the ocean of the dual principle and engages himself in self-love."
— ― Austin Osman Spare, THE BOOK OF PLEASURE (SELF-LOVE) THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ECSTASY (via oswaldofguadalupe)
Summaries of deleted text posts #256:
If you’re going to let fear be your master than you’re going to let fear be your master. *shrug*
distantnoises said: Not likin’ the bad mood, but I would love to see you post those drafts.
I am tempted… but I hate to be the random crank in public.