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The Proud Chest of the Soul
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>Used to simp, did simp but feel like I could finally see how that goes wrong from outside, where the desire overtakes me. Maybe next time I can stop it.
I gotta say, I really think virginity is a real thing. when I was a virgin it was not a problem for me at all to meet women as human beings. Now I realize I have become one of those men who "only wants one thing". I don't only want one thing but the dick is very loud in the argument
>I wish I had friendship and sex and a future.
felt that, except I don't care much about sex, I just want a cute gf to hold in my arms on my bed as we listen to loveless
Fucking hell what a great line
stealing this
I have made very little progress in the last 9 months - mostly in worthless projects. Worse I have degenerated a lot in general. My life is shit and has been most of my life. I have been too indoctrinated all the time to accept this truth, I thought my life was really good with a few exceptions.
Now I cannot run away from reality, from the fact that my relationship with my parents is at an all-time low with no chance for fixing - I have tried that for more than twelve years. In spring after Christmas I will gradually limit all contact with them to letters /emails only.
I won't miss them, the bond is broken, we don't eat together anymore, we don't talk anymore and we don't look into each others eyes anymore.
The thing that concerns me most is the impression on my future wife and her family. Having a bad relationship with ones' parents is a major red flag.
it'll be ok anon

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What are some good books for children?
I think I like kiddie books more than actual books,but I don't want to read light novels or comics,that's juvenile.
I want the taste of innocence instead
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Thanks. Already orrdered it.
>the truth is that I'm also looking for training wheels.
Read some entertaining genre fiction like James Bond or Jurassic Park.
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aesop's fables is a must read.
Literally one of the most entertaining and clever books ever written.
I reread it in a day due to getting nostalgic for it recently and it's still a masterpiece.
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speaking of children's books that are masterpieces. what makes this one so special is that it makes more sense the older you get.

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Just finished reading Scotus and thought of starting Ockham. What can I learn from him? His philosophy sounds way more dogmatic and faith-based than Aquinas has ever been.
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There were rumors going around that he btfo Aquinas. I wonder what they meant by that. Did they mean he was like Eckhart and that he accepted Aquinas and yet transcended and expressed more than he did?
>starting ockham
Yeah but remember he destroyed Europe and indirectly made Protestantism and so causing millions of deaths.

Medieval philosphers are just Scotus and Aquinas
Aquinas built the building and Scotus smoothed of the rough edges then Ockham brought a hammer and knocked it down.
Unironically kys
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>Let's apply my razor to this thread.
>Well, you see when you break it down you don't really need Aquinas, Scotus or even Augustine as they are just extras onto me. So yeah, please adopt my ideas and destroy Europe thanks.
If universals (or any type of unity of being) are to be rejected, particular things would be reduced into multiplicity ad infinitum, and thus they wouldn’t be in themselves, but rather in nothing at all, which implies non-existence or not-being. I think that it is pertinent (and I do agree in) rejecting essentialism and the theory of forms, but accepting multiplicity without any cohesive principle of being is really hard to mantain, it would be better to just simply take the kantian approach and avoid the question at all (yes, I know he sort of did the same thing, but it was by making a metaphysical assertion, instead of an epistemological one). Anyways, props to him for helping secularize philosophy.

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>2:36am: back at apartment. texted with mira. wished her happy birthday. ate 1mg xanax and drank the last woodchuck and felt catatonic. ate handful salt & vinegar chips and two ‘sugar-free date products.’ brushed teeth. applied nightgown. ate two tylenol and drank water. watched the beginning of an ASMR video. >9:08AM: woke from dream where i was peeing to me peeing. i was peeing. peeing in the bed. i peed myself in the bed. it happened. i just cleaned it. oh god. there was only a little pee, like a fist-sized amount. ate 1mg xanax. >1:13PM: woke. the pee was gone. cats were on the bed. read seven new emails. thought ‘i am responding to three of these emails today.’ read ‘frowns need friends too.’ ate remaining ‘sugar-free date products’ and felt heavy and lethargic, like gravity had become stronger in my apartment. feet are ‘extra-attached’ to floor and body is ‘extra-attached’ to bed. >1:29PM: mom called. she said attorney’s office called her with an accident settlement offer. i told her i peed the bed and she said ‘i hate it when that happens.’
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based meg
>you will never have connected parents and live in new york so that your retarded drug addled hot takes become a """"""""""""""literary movement"""""""""""

how is alt lit even real
My diary
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hope meg is well
>Megan Boyle met Thomas Pynchon during a USN literary club event
what did they talk about?

Can someone please suggest an beginner introduction to aesthetics and beauty? Pref. something that stops just as it gets modern.
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Very Short Introduction to Beauty by Scruton. It's like ten bucks on Audible and like 3-4 hours long. The VSI to aesthetics is fucking bullshit tho written by some neuroscientist who has TDS and talk about pop culture the whole time.
Why, too afraid that they're right?
Hegel's lectures on aesthetics are actually very readable unlike the rest of his bullshit.
Aesthetics is first philosophy
because it would be a part of the objective facts of existence, something for humans but not by humans

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what was the name of H. P. Lovecraft's cat again?
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He was adopted from the me
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Are literary critics fraud?
If they know so much about what constitutes good literature, why don't they start producing? They just need to take the same pen they write critical pieces with and write stories.
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>Literature needs 4 elements to exist: the author, the work, the reader and the interpreter or transducer.
it only needs the first 3
Literature needs 4 elements to exist: the author, the work, the reader and the netflix adaptation
what's the difference between Norry and Trilling? Please, no shitposts or uninformed bashing, i am asking sincerely
Most shit books can be identified with less than a paragraph of investigation.
Have you ever, even once in your life, read a real food review? Or do you just like the sound of your own keyboard?

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Any of you guys like Rupi Kaur's new collection of poems?
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Good, but not her best.
>w-wait, did Rupi actually start with the Greeks?
oh well, check my digits
It's a bunch of clashing images that work against each other rather than harmonize. It's a hallmark of an amateur writer. Poetry certainly can be abstract and play fast and loose with these things, but it's mot clear how speech can become echoes and fuck among the "rinds of the dark". I could see maybe leaves "copulating" in the sense that they are "having a tumble" but speech?

The second stanza is actually not bad, it presents a coherent image. I don't have to know what "leaves" here means and why they might "seek a land of enchantment" for it to work. This stanza is not enough to carry the poem after the disaster that is the first.
very brainlet

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The more I read books about religion, theology and metaphysics, the more I default to the position of absolute skepticism.
Does anyone else know that feel?
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>For the most part, yes, but the intellectual in question does not like mysticism and Christianity is a mystical religion. It also has no metaphysical dimension.
You must have not paid attention. What do you even mean by that? Even though the common herd interprets the letters according to their own level and capacity there are plenty of universals expressed. If you have to kill the Buddha on the road you should kill Christianity as a world religion and understand the wisdom from above that is hidden from the powers of this age. But Different Strokes for different folks, it's all the same stimulation in the end. The religitards certainly cannot acknowledge truth in other religions, because they're blind and foolish.
>You'd have to get into the esoteric branches for that.
Esoteric Christianity is considered heretical by the mainstream branches.
>That does not necessarily imply mind-body dualism.
Mind-body dualism is wrong, but spirit-matter dualism isn't necessarily wrong. It depends on the environment.
>You talk about our spirits manifesting an imperfect form, does that mean you believe in a transcendent self?
The higher self, yes. The spiritual self.
"Kill the Buddha" has very particular meaning in a very particular context - it means that one should not develop attachment, even if that is attachment to the Buddha, the great teacher, the doctrine. This is because detachment is crucial for awakening. This does not imply that the Buddhist doctrine is itself flawed, nor does this imply that Christianity should be destroyed. In the first place, Christianity operates in an entirely different manner. A mystic needs a divine image to worship in order to derive strength from it. The theism isn't necessarily the problem - Islamic Sufism is also theistic, but it has metaphysical depth.
>spirit-matter dualism isn't necessarily wrong. It depends on the environment.
Could you elaborate? I'm not sure I understand what you're implying.
>The higher self, yes. The spiritual self
Then you disagree with the principle in Buddhism that argues for the impermanence of all things?
What do you think is the true nature of this world?
>Could you elaborate? I'm not sure I understand what you're implying.
It's the same with that autistic disagreement between the Hinduist doctrine of Atman and the Buddhist doctrine of Anatta. Is one of them right and the other one wrong? Both of them are correct in a specific spiritual climate, in a specific context, in regards to specific peoples with specific spiritual attitudes. Anatta is more generous because it presupposes a far lower spiritual level for its adherents.
Similarly, for some the spirit has nothing to do with matter and others can discover the spirit in every matter-oriented experience. Why? Because the latter have sufficiently developed spiritual faculties to be able to apply them in any context. This is not the situation today, at least as far as I can tell.
>Then you disagree with the principle in Buddhism that argues for the impermanence of all things?
Nirvana is permanent. Buddhism does acknowledge something akin to a "true self", it just has nothing to do with humanity at all.
>What do you think is the true nature of this world?
What is "this world"? Are you referring to matter?

Can someone tell me what postmodernism is?
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... but why would anything ever get better?
Fair counterpoint that I dont have an answer for.
The loss of both meaning and metanarratives to look forward to. Before the modern era we were guided by religion, after that it was enlightenment values (freedom, liberty, equality, science). Postmodernism is the disillusion with these values and the empty hole that was left.
But they could not escape the metaphysical framework of Christianity where the Word = objective reality
the modernists rejected religion because it wasnt empirical but they kept the positivist view of knowledge and in the case of those like Kant and Leibnitz just tried to secularize it which is basically why they were all fags

books about UFOs?
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the best top teir books on this subject is the series by Dr Micheal Salla
>US Air Force Secret Space Program: Shifting Extraterrestrial Alliances & Space Force
>The US Navy's Secret Space Program and Nordic Extraterrestrial Alliance (Secret Space Programs) (Volume 2)
>Antarctica's Hidden History: Corporate Foundations of Secret Space Programs

Bonus if you go read David Wilock, or if you also wanna go balls deep you can go read or watch Emery smith's presentations as well as jason rice. They are secret space program whistle blowers.
Leslie Keane - UFOs Pilots, Generals and Military

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Why is this shit a classic again? I've read it three times and it is good for boring me to death.
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I don't think it was boring, just not very profound or compelling. Its youth shit for a reason, and of course adults can and have try to pin many complex themes onto it like utopian societies can't exist because humans are savages, but that's not a philosophically or scientificky relevant claim.

Its decent for kids I guess.
It was illustrating how stupid bloodlusted fascists could be. Whether marching through a frozen tundra or surviving on a burning island.
Amazing digits, friendo
i loved this too. we never studied it in high school but my teacher did give me a copy. we did study golding, but we studied the spire instead, which was fucking amazing, though no doubt plenty of people imagine that is boring too. but it is horrific, and erotic, and beautifully written.
saying this is a kid's novel is fucking retarded. this nigger won the nobel prize for literature. just because it involves children and gets taught to unappreciative little shits in high school doesn't mean it's a children's book, whatever the fuck that even means.

>Writes a book about principles on how to live
>Constantly goes against all of them
Motherfucker waited 6 days after the death of James Randi to publish an article
>A satanist jew tries to bullshit the public
Maynard James Keenan wrote this

Who is the literary equivalent of Morton Feldman?
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Gertrude Stein
Samuel Beckett.


>Mr. Morton was who I'd consider as a fond mentor of an older age.
more like, Whoretown Feltman. Amirite?

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I'm a dude but I've never been masculine and I'm not sure what to do about it. I'm not interested in becoming gay or trans, I'm sexually attracted to women.
I don't like being laughed at, ridiculed or seen as inferior for not being assertive or dominant, for not punching back or starting a fight out of anything, for not wanting to do heavy physical work, for wanting to avoid conflict instead of forcing my views on other people and so on.
I'm guessing I'm looking for something like feminism but for men, but I'll read books against it as well.
Thought of asking adv but you're the ones who know about books, but feel free to move this thread if this isn't the right board for it.
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This is one of the most comprehensive explanations of masculine vigor I've ever seen.

OP make sure you think about this stuff, especially about behavior that has net benefits in the future versus short-term satisfaction.
>Sure, but those who play it get an upper hand.
yes, the most powerful men in the world are those who fit the masculine stereotype
what a joke
a quality post, the wonders of the world
>pink is feminine
imagine being this retarded
Starting Strength
Thought this was Marina

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