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How do I write descriptions of people or things that I see? And which writers have good descriptions in their writing?
just describe the people and things you see.
How do I write *good* descriptions?
my post above but do it well
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write a lot
try to describe your emotions and feelings
don't be too cocky in doing that
give your texts to others
see if they cringe them
and also read a lot
see how others make their descriptions
love yourself
love you

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>I can't enjoy a book if I don't agree with its or the author's politics
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go back read tora
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>I can't enjoy a book
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>I can't speak to anyone that doesn't conform to my exact unknowable metaphysical system
This doesn’t look like the kind of guy that would read the Torah
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>I Can't enjoy a book If I can figure out what an author's Politics are from it's text.

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Hector, Odysseus, Priam, Nestor

Patroclus, Ajax, Antilochus, Diomedes


Paris, Agamemnon, Neoptolemus
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PARIS is the man
Also, Thersistes is the first incel character of Western Literature.
Where would Aeneas fall?

What are good books about Hindu theology and metaphysics?
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this is true
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It's important to get well-rounded perspectives. Religious advaita adherents will tell you that their system is flawless and has decisively refuted all other systems, but naturally every adherent of every system will tell you that.

What you should really do is study the texts for yourself and don't be biased by any one person telling you how to interpret them. Hope this helps!
The essence of the Baghavad Gita.
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Why does he do it? Why not post like a normal person?

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I'm at my wit's end. I don't wanna become a Gnostic. Any books that can convince me that the material world is not in fact evil?
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Being is emerging into higher forms of complexity and perfection, it's not evil but ignorant
From whence does this teaching come from?

I just thought about it right now
Perhaps you shouldn't listen to him, OP, since no metaphysical tradition teaches that there's evolution on the Absolute- or change, as a matter of fact.
From the void we are in a state of non duality, through emergence we enter into dialogue with duality, through dialogue we begin to understand, through understanding we fall in love, and through love we create new life. There is no change, evolution is simply unveiling the bride.

Post the first book you ever read (or remember reading)
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*basedly blocks youre path*
damn i vaguely remember having this
Memories of my mother reading this to me
right in the feels
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read it in grade 3. before that i really hated reading. i liked the crass humour in it and the illustrations great fun

Knowledgeable people of /lit/, please help me answer some questions, for I am currently in an existential crisis. I'm minorly familiar with most metaphysical worldviews, but not enough to give myself the answers.

>Is there something beyond our material existence? If so, how do we know?
>Is that something God? WHO is God?
>Is there a purpose in our lives?
>If there is, what is it?
>If there isn't, what should we strive towards?
>If we should strive towards fulfilment, how do we achieve it?
>Are we better off facing total freedom or living a traditionally controlled life?

I understand these are many and complex questions, so I also accept recommendations for immediate reading.
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you're taking it the sceptical way
to answer WHO is God, I'm capable of providing only one answer: "God is big without quantity, good without quality, present without space and eternal, by means of surpasing all of time, He is the singular greatest existence our reason can comprehend and hence we cannot comprehend nothing bigger, He exists and is eternal."
I belive, that if you take this into account, and try limiting your sceptical nature, you should be capable of overcoming your existential crisis.
I leave the other questions to our dear anonymous brothers.
Have a nice day
>prolly not
>to be healthy and busy
>to be healthy and busy
>trial and error, introspection
>face freedom, see what's there, return to tradition
Be the answer
To pass the tests that we're put through in life and try to keep our hearts as pure as possible, as well as worship the almighty
By fighting off your ugly primal desires and the rotten way of life our brothers and sisters have fallen victim to, and trying to find and preserve the good in your entourage
Total freedom is a myth, in fact the worst advice you can tell to somebody is the ''just do whatever you want bro, you're free''
Basically just don't fall victim to your ego
Everything else is, unironically, cope
Read Derrida

what the fuck am i reading
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WhAT iF RETardS couLd wRITe prose?
nice job reading the first few pages of the book
idk I stopped after a bit
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
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David Foster Wallace
DAE Dravidian Forester Wallets???
Tranny Tom Brady
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Oswald Spengler
Adam Sandler

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Could I get a bunch of "start with" pics? I want to see/hear of the different routes people take in exploring the literature topological map.
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Yo my /lit/ niggas is there a chart on how to start having sex?
slatt by the way no cap
fuck the rest just read the bieber book
Link the wiki?

I'd like to add my Mesoamerican chart (>>14558642) to it when I finish
I recently started getting into it. Here are the recs I've gotten so far (for my particular interests):
Buddhism as Philosophy
Engaging Buddhism
Siddartha's Brain (a bit popsci but apparently good. By a science reporter)
Why Buddhism is True (also popsci, by a Stanford professor)

Japanese Philosophy: A Sourcebook
Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy
Introducing Daoism (Livia Kohn)
Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings (Ziporyn)
The Complete Works of Zhuang Zi (Watson)
Tao Te Ching (Derek Lin)

Introducing Daoism is short and very interesting, I just finished it. I'd recommend starting with that if you're interested. It explains the context behind Laozi and Chuang Tzu's philosophical and political motivations, as well as daoism's shamanic roots. Then it goes into an overview of its history and development from ancient China to the way it's practiced as a religion today

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I've decided today that I'm going to make myself more formidable and interesting by choosing to adhere to a niche and intentionally esoteric ideology which I've dubbed Mathematical Marxism. So far I've gathered this literature to guide me:
>Plato - Complete Works
>Aristotle - Complete Works with emphasis on Logic and Metaphysics
>Euclid - Elements
>Archimedes - Complete Works
>Diophantus - Arithmetica
>Cardano - Ars Magna
>Descartes - Complete Works
>Spinoza - Ethics
>Newton - Principia, Opticks and Theory of Fluxions
>Isaac Barrow - Complete Works
>Euler -Elements of Algebra
>Smith - Wealth of Nations
>Ricardo - Principles of Political Economy
>Gauss - Disquisitiones Arithmeticae

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>>Newton - Principia, Opticks and Theory of Fluxions
But is it not important to learn the lineage of the knowledge that the future righters are refering too in their writings? Isnt the point of it for progression in reading? Modern standard science should be a accompanying piece.

For instance, most people do not dirrectly agree with most of the republic, but it is an important starting point nontheless for what it brings up, and maybe moreso, because future writers explicitly or implicitly refer to it, either refuting, agreeing, or building upon certain points.
Nice deep cut! I studied (math) under Moshe Machover - very smart guy. Marxian Econophysics is the future.
I get where you're coming from. I think I've misunderstood what your aims are. If you're trying to be as textually rigorous in your study of maths as you are in your study of philosophy, then by all means read the primary sources. In fact, that's probably how Marx and co. would've studied mathematics, too.

Fuck. I think this ideology is the next big thing, anon!
Thank u. Probably not a new idea though. Ive always held that if we maintain that everything is likely logical, we should not do away with "Superfluous" older works, since they were a process in that development of current logic. its Chronological snoobery to skip developmental steps and causes unsubstantiated certanty in current knowledge, but also we should not be nostalgic about it. Just treat them as "Is" instead of "aughts".

Applying content to context.

This IS the current state of affairs now, but that is based on what IS 20 years ago. Things are not right and wrong, just what is the consensus at this time. once you know the history of IS you can better understand the trajectory of thought and create a nuanced "aught" or opinion.

DESU I havent even gotten to Marx yet, because I thought it was important to study chronologically. Still in early 1700's.

This autistic tendency on my part is probably why I became more conservitive, not for petty presservation of what was, but to have a nuanced understanding of why things are instead of reacting against things that are more immediately unpalatable.
>But is it not important to learn the lineage of the knowledge that the future righters are refering too in their writings?
no, literally not at all

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I've been thinking of reading the Rig Veda lately, but I recently read that the Upanishads represent the culmination of Vedic teaching and incorporate the entire tradition, dating all the way back to the earliest Vedas, so I'm now thinking of starting there. The only Hindu literature I've read so far is the Gita. What do you guys think?
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i thought it was a meme
Is there a Guenonfag lore dump? I know he's a Swedish guy who's been at it for years, spamming /int/ as well but beyond that I haven't been paying attention.
the current guess is that there's a mexican guenonfag and a swedish guenonfag but the main one is the american who may have moved to america from india, but can't confirm

those are the main spammy wall of text ones, the american based (nonwhite) one is the main one though

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What has /lit/ become? Let's get an actual recommendation thread so this board can start reading stuff of value
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you would probably have to learn chinese to do that effectively
why ?
Have you read Edward Abbey. Particularly Polemic: Industrial Tourism and the National Parks
translations suck, everyone agrees on that. But poetry translations are especially bad. You not even getting the original poet anymore, just an impression of an impression of the impression of the second hand impression thrice removed from the original impression.
Ezra pounds Chinese poetry is good, but definitely not accurate in a literal sense.

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Name one thing he said was wrong
>Midwit filter. Intelligent types agree with his assessment of Western society and how it has to die
this is probably a joke, but I'll have fun with it anyway.
An intelligent person would not want to destroy "Western society" (I believe you meant civilization), because of the massive increase in complexity in all fields it incites that weren't available in the past.
It is precisely the dumbass retard who wants to go back into "simpler times": because he/she is too stupid to benefit and use the massive complexity increase (in fact, they are actually harmed by it).
>disagree with the book
>reeeeee you got filtered lmao
100% sure sign of a failed pseud book that only groups literal retards behind it.
i am not an anti-technologist but i think your position is misguided, civilization and technology are not synonymous. the real civilization is not in what kind of cool gadgets you can make or how small your lithography process is, it's your culture and corresponding institutions, the understanding at the heart of the people in it about what it means to be a part of it. technology has advanced alongside the decline of our own culture, and so people find it easy to blame technology for it, but this doesn't come out of any personal failing of the anti-technologist other than short-sightedness (and not that they are "decaying" in decadence)
that they don't want to go forward only means that they see this cultural decay as being so advanced that the only appropriate way forward at all is go back to the original conditions that precipitated the culture they feel is already lost, which is certainly a view that could be held by a "healthy and intelligent" person
>Things are either right or their wrong

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You ever read a book that felt like a call to action and it inspired you to better yourself? What was one of those books for you? I know you'll all hate me for it but for myself it was Atlas Shrugged and Fountainhead. They really got me interested in philosophy and economics. I have mixed feelings in the books as they're not perfect and Rand is a bit cooky but I enjoyed them overall and it was a net positive as it pushes me to read Aristotle, Kant, the Stoics, etc.

Anyways would love to find something that helps inspire that call to action and feel that fire burn again. Help a nigger out fellow anon?
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Same here
Isn’t this a tough read for philosophy newbies? Always wanted to read it but I’m a bit intimidated
the bible unironically

It is, start with Beyond Good and Evil it's way more accessible.

Crime and Punishment changed me. I never identified with a character as much as I did with Raskolnikov and because of this I will never make the same mistake he did.
Thank you Dosto

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