All Things Shining

Thomas Thinks and Finds Things Interesting

"this is how belief functions: we make fun of our beliefs while continuing to practice."

Zizek

"God gives us many gifts, but God is He Who gives Good"

- St. Augustine

We’re happy, free, confused, and lonely in the best way
It’s miserable and magical.

- T-SWIFT

Of course it’s a sacrifice. Why wouldn’t it be? Doesn’t every gift involve a sacrifice? Otherwise what sort of a gift would it be?

The Sacrifice - Andrie Tarkovsky

Of course it’s a sacrifice. Why wouldn’t it be? Doesn’t every gift involve a sacrifice? Otherwise what sort of a gift would it be?

The Sacrifice - Andrie Tarkovsky

"Still, with the social world filtered through screens and fiber optics, it can be comforting to fantasize that friends are keeping tabs on us. That is, until that particularly good photo or well-crafted tweet or link shared to catch the interest of a certain interesting person just doesn’t get noticed—not a like, not a comment, not the tiniest tick upwards in our Klout Scores. All of our unanswered, paranoid wonderings—Do they see me? Are they watching? What must they think of me now?—conspire to expose us in our shameful unimportance, driving home first the realization that no one is watching and none of them care, and then the embarrassment of having assumed that they were and they did.”

PARANOID NARCISSISM: WHAT DOSTOEVSKY KNEW ABOUT THE INTERNET

From, The American Reader

"Say that each encounter with another person conjures a double: an impression of you inside someone else’s mind. It is a version of you that is separate from you, a self that you cannot quite know. Paranoia comes from recognizing the existence of that double self, and narcissism comes from dwelling on what it could be. Communication, meanwhile, works to control it, shaping the impression that those you encounter receive—so that each of us now, through the digital doubles we build, may speak to strangers across the world in an effort to tell them who we are." 

PARANOID NARCISSISM: WHAT DOSTOEVSKY KNEW ABOUT THE INTERNET

From, The American Reader