"Heaven is in this life; it is not a place but an experience of living in quantum nonlocality." --Amit Goswami


"For the pure essence of Magick is a function of ultimate atomic consciousness, and its operations must be refined from all confusion and contamination."--Aleister Crowley


"I have no serious objection to a finite god, or gods, distinct from men and things. In fact, personally, I believe in them all, and admit them to possess inconceivable though not infinite power."--Aleister Crowley


"It is therefore incumbent upon us, if we wish to make the universal and final Yoga with the Absolute, to master every element of our being, to protect it against all civil and external war, to intensify every faculty to the utmost, to train ourselves in knowledge and power to the utmost; so that at the proper moment we may be in perfect condition to fling ourselves up into the furnace of ecstasy which flames from the abyss of annihilation. Love is the law, love under will."--Aleister Crowley


"....the substance of Light is Life, since without Existence and Energy it were naught. By Life therefore are you made yourselves, eternal and incorruptible, flaming forth as suns, self-created and self-supported, each the sole centre of the Universe."--Aleister Crowley


"In the end one loves one's desire and not what is desired." --Friedrich Nietzsche


"It takes very little to govern good people. Very little. And bad people can't be governed at all."--Cormac McCarthy


"You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from." --Cormac McCarthy


"In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them." --John von Neumann


"Forever is a time word, and time is that which ends." --William S. Burroughs


Mammalia, n.pl. A family of vertebrate animals whose females in a state of nature suckle their young, but when civilized and enlightened put them out to nurse, or use the bottle.--Ambrose Bierce


"A kiss is but a modified bite."--Ambrose Bierce


"The three-dimensional world of ordinary experience -- the universe filled with galaxies, stars, planets, houses, boulders, and people -- is a hologram, an image of reality coded on a distant two-dimensional surface. This new law of physics, known as the Holographic Principle, asserts that everything inside a region of space can be described by bits of information restricted to the boundary." --Leonard Susskind


"An even more surprising feature of the quantum potential was its implications for the nature of location. At the level of our everyday lives things have very specific locations, but Bohm's interpretation of quantum physics indicated that at the subquantum level, the level in which the quantum potential operated, location ceased to exist. All points in space became equal to all other points in space, and it was meaningless to speak of anything as being separate from anything else. Physicists call this property 'nonlocality.'" --Michael Talbot


"Only human beings have come to a point where they no longer know why they exist. They don't use their brains and they have forgotten the secret knowledge of their bodies, their senses, or their dreams. They don't use the knowledge the spirit has put into every one of them; they are not even aware of this, and so they stumble along blindly on the road to nowhere -- a paved highway which they themselves bulldoze and make smooth so that they can get faster to the big empty hole which they'll find at the end, waiting to swallow them up. It's a quick comfortable superhighway, but I know where it leads to. I've seen it. I've been there in my vision and it makes me shudder to think about it." --the Lakota shaman Lame Deer


"The question we have to begin to ask ourselves is not how do we employ all the people who are rendered obsolete by technology, but how can we organize a society around something other than employment? Might the spirit of enterprise we currently associate with "career" be shifted to something entirely more collaborative, purposeful, and even meaningful?"--Douglas Rushkoff


"I have never belonged wholeheartedly to a country, a state, nor to a circle of friends, nor even to my own family." --Einstein


"Our material success is our punishment, in terms of what the success has done to the natural environment, our social fabric, and our personal lives." --Robert Bellah


"The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore." --H.L. Mencken


"The history of human evolution is the record of technological innovation." --Timothy Leary


"The job of civilization is to do civilization well; we cannot radically transform ourselves into something else." --Morris Berman


"At the core of every ideology lies the worship of a bright future." --John Ralston Saul


"Atomicity is a common property of the Within and the Without of things." --de Chardin


"[Like Rome in the later stages of the Empire, the U.S. is] a similarly soulless, politically corrupt, everybody-for-himself civilization." --Arthur Koestler


"Our Congress has been hijacked by corporate America and its enforcer, the imperial military machine.... We have allowed our institutions to be taken over in the name of a globalized American empire that is totally alien in concept to anything our founders had in mind. I suspect it is far too late in the day for us to restore the republic that we lost a half-century ago." --Gore Vidal


"....It is evident that all morality, as Nietzsche pointed out, is nothing more than an expression of expediency. A thing is called wrong solely because a definite group of people, at some specific stage of their career, have found it injurious to them....It was morality that burned the books of the ancient sages, and morality that halted the free inquiry of the Golden Age and substituted for it the credulous imbecility of the Age of Faith." --H.L. Mencken


"All moments, past, present, and future, always have existed, always will exist. The Tralfamadorians can look at all the different moments just the way we can look at a stretch of the Rocky Mountains, for instance. They can see how permanent all the moments are, and they can look at any moment that interests them. It is just an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone it is gone forever." --Kurt Vonnegut


"Recall the discussion....that our insistence that primitive humans were religious is essentially a reflection of our own bibliocentric bias. By following writers such as Jung and Eliade, we can easily be deluded into thinking that this kind of religious need is prototypical and that if we ever did have a society without religion, 'new forms of worship would erupt to fill the vacuum.' Strange, I guess, that the Hadza and the Mbuti, among others, are not rushing to fill this terrible hiatus in their spiritual lives with some kind of transcendent deity so that they can defend themselves from the Abyss. The possibility that death is not scary, that it is not a mystery, never seems to enter our heads, because within the context of delayed-return economies and substitute love activity, we have never really lived; hence the show has to go on forever because we can never fill the gap. It's all a mirage, and this makes death terrifying, since the fulfillment we may have experienced in life was only occasional, transitory." --Morris Berman


"'Love' is an amalgam of sex and sentimentality."--William S. Burroughs


"When we're in the womb, we're in the oceanic state, we are completely part of nature. We are attached to nature, literally, physically. Everything comes through tubes, you don't have to do a goddam thing, everything's cool. You are at one. You are in union with nature. Then you get torn out of this fucking place and there's pain and screaming and the violence starts. The slapping on the ass, the acid wash, the circumcision. You are out of there, not attached, not cool, not at one with anything. And INDIVIDUATION starts! You are JOHNNY PHILLIPS and you are going to be a LAWYER. And you're going to be just like your FATHER and you've got RED HAIR and you're gonna have a TEMPER and a whole bunch of other shit will be true of you. You better SHAPE UP and have a goal and work for it and achieve things. UNION is OVER. The rest of your life is spent yearning for reunion. To join the One again. That's where religion perverts a very natural longing in people. More primitive people have found a way of having for themselves a communion with nature, balance and harmony with it. Not: 'I am DISTANT from nature and SEPARATE from nature and I will change the course of that river and I will tear up the land and make freaks out of animals and take milk out of them.' Instead, it's: 'We won't control nature, we can't. So let's live at one with it.' But we civilized people have this loss, this loss of union, this loss of oneness. And we look for it and dream of finding it, but in all the wrong places. In religion, in sex, in success...."--George Carlin



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