Thus Spake Kingjoy

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The misguidedness of morality deprives from its other-directedness and its presumed dominance over other types of personal evaluation. The other-directed focus of morality can be shown in two ways. On the one hand, moralists concentrate too much on judging other people (instead of embodying excellence themselves). They arrive after an action has already occurred to assess its rightness—often seeking reasons to condemn rather than to praise. Only rarely do moralists investigate the conditions that make moral excellence possible; instead they focus on failures and blame. Moreover, the moral judge tends to condemn the unique and the unusual because moral values derive from group norms. This judgmentalism unleashes the moralist’s urge to punish, but Nietzsche is highly skeptical of the effectiveness and presuppositions of punishment. Moral “judges” derive from angry fathers, angry Gods, or wrathful principles—all demanding atonement and fostering guilt. Such judgmentalism is often rooted in hatred of life’s natural drives or in resentment of other people’s advantages. For Nietzsche, such motives are ethically corrupt; they pollute the outcomes of moral judgments, making the immoral.

—William R. Schroeder, Continental Philosophy: A Critical Approach (via crematedadolescent)

Whatsoever is, is in God, and without God nothing can be, or be conceived.

—Baruch Spinoza (via philosophy-quotes)

It is an hypothesis that the sun will rise tomorrow: and this means that we do not know whether it will rise.

—Ludwig Wittgenstein (via philosophy-quotes)

It appears at first that men in that state, lacking among themselves any kind of moral relationship or any known duties, could be neither good nor evil and had neither vices nor virtues, unless, taking these words in a physical sense, we call vices the qualities in the individual that can be injurious to his own preservation and virtues those which can contribute to it, in which case, it would be necessary to call the most virtuous the one who least resists the simple impulses of nature.

—Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality (via killereyez)

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Albert Camus: “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”

afairthought:

Albert Camus: “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”

I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations - one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it - you will regret both.

—Soren Kierkegaard (via luniversale)

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More and more, when faced with the world of men, the only reaction is one of individualism. Man alone is an end unto himself. Everything one tries to do for the common good ends in failure.

—Albert Camus (via luniversale)

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Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.
-David Hume

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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

—Plato, The Republic (via freudianintuition)

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