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>spend more time actually looking for books and discussing books that i havent than i do reading.
Anyone else know this feel
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I spend more time autistically researching book editions than reading them.
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Basically everyone here
I spend more time on comparing prices than actual reading

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>the chief cause for the impending collapse of the world - the cause sufficient in and by itself - is the enormous growth of the human population: the human flood. The worst enemy of life is too much life: the excess of human life.
>The difference between a terrorist and a freedom fighter is a matter of perspective: it all depends on the observer and the verdict of history
>Jos kansan ääntä kuunnellaan, ei toivoa ole. Demokratia on kuoleman uskonto
>human brilliance manifests itself only in flashes, among rare individuals. For this reason, humanity as a whole is enormously destructive: the creation of something as devastating as Western culture, which is now allowed to spread throughout the world, offers sufficient proof of this fact
Was he right?
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nignogs fear the nature
I'm Croatian and I support Finnish colonization of Africa, too.
I always wondered who was behind those "BLEACHED" threads. Thanks guys
It isn't though. Overpopulation is reducing global biodiversity, continually gobbling up forested land for agriculture, and leading to absurd population densities in many places (resulting in diluted standards of living and social atomization). In three decades, the total flying-insect biomass has dropped by ~80%, thought to be primarily caused by the habitat destruction and pesticide use of our agriculture.
I'm gonna fight every nigger that's wants to take away my car.

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"Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last, but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature - that baby beating its breast with its fist, for instance - and to found that edifice on its unavenged tears, would you consent to be the architect on those conditions? Tell me, and tell the truth."
"No, I wouldn't consent," said Alyosha softly.

What were Dosto's beliefs about morality?
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>n-no, i wouldn't onii-chan
He's a good boy
Anti-utilitarian, never pull the lever in the trolley problem.
It's beyond the power of man to save man. If our salvation is ordained or preordained it can only be presided over by God. All we can do is conduct our busy work at the finite level, searching for meaning and living lives of productivity and virtue. These people who presume to place themselves in the role of God, to know the mind of God, in order to make some asinine judgement of him nonetheless view morality and purpose from man's eyes and with the pitiful mind of man.
Human beings are hardwired to leave the trolley on course to kill one instead of many but then to try and reach and free that one person before the trolley comes, no matter how in vane.
I mean, the stupid hypothetical in and of itself is proof of our desire to save all and our propensity towards angst when we can't.

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What literature do you read to stop feeling bad for your welladjusted coworkers who to have to deal with you day to day while they talk constantly and insult each other comfortably?
just realize that they don't really exist but are only archetypes of your own unconscious that present you with the problems you have to face for your own spiritual advancement.
Some girl in my department is getting married and I’m supposed to go to some stupid bridal lunch and pitch in for a gift for her.
I find this preposterous and don’t feel like this is appropriate for work.
Thoughts/books for this feel?

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Why do English majors get a bad rep? I feel like my critical thinking skills, argumentation, work ethic from writing a bunch of papers have all skyrocketed over the past four years. I have attained a wider knowledge of a variety of different fields (philosophy, politics, ecology, psychology, anthropology, history, art, etc). I will admit a lot of my development was due to my own efforts reading and learning extra shit on my own time but being around and having discourse with academics and being around other people my age willing to learn has all been helpful to me. Take a STEMbug out of their specialization and they are all embarrassing and are obviously stagnant in their development.
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Yeah my shitty mid western college had a laughably bad English department. Are you European by any chance? I've heard literature studies at the university level over there are better.
Even if you incorrectly believe this, literary analysis of fiction is half the fun of being an English major.
Stop believing the Europhilic shit you read on the Internet.
I agree that literary analysis is fun and intellectually stimulating. But do you know what's not fun or intellectually stimulating? Taking a class about a fake "historical event" and having a SJW professor use it as an excuse to shit on white males for a semester. Which is the exactly what you'll be getting if you take a holohoax class.
In case you legitimately believe this, pretty basic lit review seems pretty clear that it wasn't fake. A good quote from Himmler back in 1943 that to me is basically undismissable:

>In the infamous Posen speeches of October 1943 such as the one on October 4, Himmler explicitly referred to the extermination of the Jews of Europe and further stated that the genocide must be permanently kept secret:

>I also want to refer here very frankly to a very difficult matter. We can now very openly talk about this among ourselves, and yet we will never discuss this publicly. Just as we did not hesitate on June 30, 1934, to perform our duty as ordered and put comrades who had failed up against the wall and execute them, we also never spoke about it, nor will we ever speak about it. Let us thank God that we had within us enough self-evident fortitude never to discuss it among us, and we never talked about it. Every one of us was horrified, and yet every one clearly understood that we would do it next time, when the order is given and when it becomes necessary.

>I am now referring to the evacuation of the Jews, the extermination of the Jewish people. It's one of those things that is easily said: 'The Jewish people are being exterminated', says every party member, 'this is very obvious, it's in our program, elimination of the Jews, extermination, we're doing it, hah, a small matter.' And then they turn up, the upstanding 80 million Germans, and each one has his decent Jew. They say the others are all swines, but this particular one is a splendid Jew. But none has observed it, endured it. Most of you here know what it means when 100 corpses lie next to each other, when there are 500 or when there are 1,000. To have endured this and at the same time to have remained a decent person — with exceptions due to human weaknesses — has made us tough, and is a glorious chapter that has not and will not be spoken of. Because we know how difficult it would be for us if we still had Jews as secret saboteurs, agitators and rabble-rousers in every city, what with the bombings, with the burden and with the hardships of the war. If the Jews were still part of the German nation, we would most likely arrive now at the state we were at in 1916 and 17 [...]


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>Shakespeare? His work is easy to read bro!
>The KJV of the Bible? Nah man it's too hard to read.

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/crit/ thread you dorks, get in here
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It began with a shriek. In the night's blackness no thing could be seen. To assess the situation, one could only listen. I turned my ear towards the far wall near the door. A quiet, pitiful weeping began. Then, small footsteps broke out like rapid palpitations. A muffled rustle, then a push against the door were heard next. As it creaked open, and as light burst into the room, vision returned, and the situation was elucidated. A shivering silhouette stood at the foot of my bed. It climbed, then crawled towards me, and murmured a frightened sentence.
"I had a bad dream," it said.
I flicked on a light, at which the tiny shape recoiled, and covered its damp eyes. Now in a brighter light I could see the cause of all of this commotion. It was a young girl, huddled by my knees, squinting and blinking her tired, watery, and anxious eyes.
"A bad dream?" I asked. "Don't worry. It's just in your head. It can't hurt you."
She sniffled, and heaved her breath as if not fully satisfied with my comforting words. I asked begrudgingly if she wanted to sleep in my bed for the night. She obliged at once and bolted to my side. I regretted my compassion even more when I felt her frigid body freeze and adhere to mine. "We'll have to shiver together, then," I thought. "Like lost polar expiditioners."
As sleep whinged down my mind, and as the reins slipped out of conscious control, ancient memories snaked by under my lids. Visions of my own childhood nightmares reared their heads once more. Dreams of parents collapsing coldly, the family home crackling and burning, and sandpits that engulf one whole. But beyond all of that a lighter image glowed. A pale and pleasant memory of my father played before me. He was teaching me how to ward off nightmares.
"You press the two fingers of your right hand against your left palm," he whispered. "If you see your fingers pass through your palm then you are not awake. You won't be so afraid when you know it's just a dream."
"I might teach this to the girl in the morning," I thought. Things grew still in my head. I couldn't feel my thoughts anymore. A numbness trickled through my skin, between my cells.
Before I could drift off to sleep, a hypnic jerk - like pure electricity playing a piano run down my spine - jolted me awake. I relaxed as the sensation faded, but became tense once again as I turned to look at the girl. To my surprise she was not asleep. Her eyes were wide open and afraid, like a prisoner watching the gallows. Absurdity mounted when I asked her what was upsetting her.
"I'm still dreaming," she cried out.
"What on Earth do you mean?" I asked.
"I'm in a dream! This isn't real!"
With a great, whispered effort I got her to settle down just enough to watch my demonstration.
"See? Try to push your fingers past your palm like this." I pushed limply and displayed that my fingers did not go through my hand, that this was not a dream, that this was real. Her trembling arms hovered, and followed instruction.
My eyes
like plastic shells
intaking faint descriptions.
Images of moss
submerged in moss, and
the sky thick with cement
as if
prematurely buried
Let this train accept
my sleepy poem in marriage;
we forget the passengers to
laugh opaquely through the reeds.
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This is the only stanza of my poetry I'm somewhat happy with, because it's not as philosophically vacuous as what I could otherwise come up with:

>I am that I am,
>for I see that I see,
>that there is nothing but me

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What are equivalents of these books for other world religions and mythologies? I'm primarily interested in Shinto and Mesoamerican mythology, but I would also appreciate something with a focus on Hindu religion and philosophy (something like an "abridged" version of the Mahabharata would be pretty cool too, I don't really see myself reading it in its entirety). Books on comparative religion are more than welcome!
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What about Shinto and Hindu?
Roberto Calasso is a good overview of Hindu mythology for westerners.
what's a good one for Egyptian?
Maybe Norse Mithology by Neil Gaiman
This seems really good, thanks

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What do I read after this?

How can anything else ever compare?
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thank you
just picked this up from a thrift store, the translation is by anthony briggs, i hope i didnt fuck up
its not bad but he has this weird thing where the soldiers and peasants talk like working class englishmen

can throw you off the immersion sometimes - but considering how big the book is you get used to it and it doesnt matter after a while
hmmm, well I suppose as long as I keep that in mind it shouldn't be too bad

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Somebody explain what the fuck post-structuralism is about. What the fuck was Derrida on about? Why do we hate the post-modernists so much?
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But so does that assertion?
I quite like Foucault but hate foucauldians, same goes for Derrida and Baudrillard. Cuck refuses to discuss the real ways in which these french theorists reshaped the academy or how power is exercised through them. It would be fine if he were merely trying to educate people, but he has successfully marketed himself as a leftist "breadtuber" in the same camp as contrapoints, philosophytube and hbomberguy.
He also completely missed the point with his incel video.
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I'd have to first explain structuralism to you and I really don't feel like doing that so best of luck to you

>these are the most popular books on the sticky website
The absolute state of people right now...
NPCs will read npc books, just focus on your own set of books and move forward.
its not that strange, falling wages and less security means everyone feels powerless - exactly who the self-help and western-buddhists prey on. i mean capeshit movies are a thing for the same reason, its a power fantasy.
They're shit films though divorced from reality, now taxi driver is a good power fantasy
The Courage to be Disliked isn't bad, if I had not read that I would not have known that Alfred Adler existed.

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Anons, which of his books should I begin with -- where do I start?
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Pic related.
On the concept of irony with continual reference to socrates
Read his book on how to pick up girls you virgin
Yes, I started with the seducers diary too. It is a decent place to start without having to tackle the entirety of either/or

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>elevates burgerpunk to an artform
how did she do it lads
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this makes my feet do a happy dance hehe
fuck off megan

Guaranteed to be progressive shit devoid of talent.
Please do not mistake the mimicry and subversion of Jews for literature
Stop shilling you’re eBook here cunt

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In the past month, I twice had a dream where I'm chased by gay people and I'm running away.
Anyone want to have a go at analysing it?
Btw, my former CEO was gay and plenty high school classmates aswell.
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>Maybe you admire something , but not in the gay way
Yeah, I definitely admire high confidence

For the CEO question, I wouldn't know, but he sometimes texts me to this day asking if I wanna hang out. I will probably agree once, actually I've denied pretty much because I didn't have enough time till now.
methinks. is related to power.
it was your boss that maybe wanted to fuck you . Like colloquial language, when someone wins a match men usually say "I'll make you my bitch", or "im going to fuck you in ..". IS not that those guys are gay is just a way of saying "I own you, I beat you". and so on.

So as I see this it has 2 sides, the side of the erotic connection with power , what you like about it, you admire confidence. But on the other hand is the "what if other guy owns me", you get fuck, proper fuck. lol. Of course not necessary in the literal gay sense.

At first I was thinking about some fear of rape. or some traumatic hidden memory. But the dreams wouldn't be so literal.

IDK man, keep thinking about it, new associations will come, maybe more dreams, and you will get a better grasp of it.
Best fucking thread I’ve ever read
Thanks a lot for all the effort. Can't say exactly which posts are yours, but this is some good advice.
>i have got a betting tip for you
Still wondering what you meant.

What the FUCK is Plato talking about in the Republic?
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TRIANGLES n shit dude
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the fuck
Athenian number games

I was taught not to take it too seriously if you’re not a serious Plato/Greek scholar. The essential point here IIRC has to do with the careful moderation of births for the preservation of social order
That's ridiculously stupid and that point is a random component within the structure of Plato's Laws, not Republic, it has nothing to do with the OP.

Sheesh :3

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