All Things Shining

Thomas Thinks and Finds Things Interesting

Despite their cool poses they wear their cravings on the outside, like the suckers on a squid.

— Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye (via floughtsam)

"Whoever curses a poor man does an injury to Christ, whose noble image he wears - the image of Him who made Himself poor for us in this world." (St. Francis of Assisi)

“It should be pointed out that the single and unified consciousness is by no means an inevitable consequence of the concept of a unified truth. It is quite possible to imagine and postulate a unified truth that requires a plurality of consciousnesses, one that in principle cannot be fitted within the bounds of a single consciousness, one that is, so to speak, by its very nature full of event potential [sobytiina] and is born at that point of contact among various consciousnesses. The monologic way of perceiving cognition and truth is only one of the possible ways. It arises only where consciousness is placed above existence, and where the unity of existence is transformed into the unity of consciousness.”

- Bakhtin, Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics, p.81

He cannot hear the silence…



“The only place where modern man does not like to visit - is himself. He cannot hear the silence, he does not want to hear the voice of his conscience. But without knowing yourself you can not know God. Modern man lives in a shadowy world of TV, the media, the Internet, but the greatest reality in the world is the human soul. Inside we can open up the kingdom of heaven, in our heart God wants to be born!”

- Bishop Panteleimon (Shatov), 21st Century Russian Hierarch

(Source:, via onancientpaths)

"The experience that we have of our lives from within, the story we tell ourselves about ourselves in order to account for what we are doing, is fundamentally a lie-the truth lies outside, in what we do." 

Slavoj Žižek, Violence 47

Those — dying the,

Knew where they went —

They went to God’s Right Hand —

That Hand is amputated now

And God cannot be found —

The abdication of Belief

Makes the Behavior small —

Better an ignis fattus

Than no illume at all —

Emily Dickinson, #1581

…If one day our word
Comes so close to the bark of trees in the forest,
And to orange blossoms, that they become one with them,
It will mean that we have always defended a great hope.
How should I defend it? By naming things.

Czeslaw Milosz

David Lynch: Iphone, Get Real. 

"Above all, do not lie to yourself. A man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point where he does not discern any truth either in himself or anywhere around him, and thus falls into disrespect towards himself and others. Not respecting anyone, he ceases to love, and having no love, he gives himself up to passions and coarse pleasures, in order to occupy and amuse himself, and in his vices reaches complete bestiality and it all comes from lying continually to others and to himself."

Father Zosima from The Brother’s Karamazov 

How then can we speak of the divine names? How can we do this if the Transcendent surpasses all discourse and all knowledge, if it abides beyond the reach of mind and of being, if it encompasses and circumscribes, embraces and anticipates all thins while itself eluding their grasp and escaping from any perception, imagination, opinion, name, discourse, apprehension, or understanding? How can we enter upon this undertaking if the Godhead is superior to being and is unspeakable and unnameable?

-Pseudo-Dionysius, The Divine Names, 5.