1 y ago in Quotes
Google's answer is, wake up, grandpa, this is the new normal. But all they're doing is trying to port a bug in the Internet over to the real world, and calling it progress.

You can dress up a bug and call it a feature. You can also put dog crap in the freezer and call it ice cream. But people can taste the difference.
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  2 y ago in Quotes
Progress materializes despite and in contradistinction to the herd-like human spirit – not because of it.
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  3 y ago in Blog

we might not be going anywhere

The idea of progress as a straight line is self-serving bullshit. If anything, it's like a tree that goes into all sorts of directions from any given starting point; sure, we made progress along a certain route of branches, but that's pretty much all we know. We have no idea where other branches would have taken us, or wether we might be going in circles in some way. What we are doing and becoming isn't automatically the best we could be doing or becoming just because we are doing or becoming it. I'd even say that seems very unlikely, giving the average shallowness and cowardice of people.. where some see progress, I see a consolation prize enabled by Stockholm Syndrome and lack of intellectual honesty.
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Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made.
The Third Notebook, December 4, 1917
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  3 y ago in Quotes
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.
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  3 y ago in Quotes
The world gets improved in fits and starts, in small ways more than in large ones, and thanks to the unseen, unthought infrastructures that undergird it more than the civic or scientific or artistic victories we celebrate in the streets or in the theaters.
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  4 y ago in Blog

Progress

Progress is not a straight line. Imagine a tree, and every branch is a decision which leads to other possible decisions. Even if you were forced to "move forward", ending up in a particular spot is still not a foregone conclusion; "progress is inevitable" is just a lame excuse for the bad decisions we make, and the hot water it ends us, others, and those who come after us in.
  4 y ago in Quotes
Your neighbors may shit in their pool. They may not even be aware that they’re doing it. They might think shit is just a natural consequence of having a pool. They may hop the fence at night and shit in your pool, oblivious as they are to the difference between shit and not-shit. That doesn’t mean you give up and start shitting in your pool, too. You clean it up (even though it’s not your mess) and you go back to enjoying swimming in a nice sanitary place where poops don’t hit you in the face when you come up from underwater. You invite your friends over, because swimming in a nice clean pool is more fun for everyone, and it’s more fun for you if you’re not swimming alone. As a result, if your friends decide to dig pools in their backyards, they know shit and pools are not irrevocably linked and they work to keep theirs clean. Slowly, you all hope, everyone will see how much nicer that makes swimming.
  4 y ago in Quotes
Our entire much-praised technological progress, and civilization generally, could be compared to an axe in the hand of a pathological criminal.
letter to Heinrich Zaggler, December 6, 1917
  4 y ago in Quotes
Certain backward areas have advanced, and various devices always in some way connected with warfare and police espionage have developed, but experiment and invention have largely stopped.
"Nineteen-Eightyfour"
  4 y ago in Quotes
No movement can survive unless it is constantly growing and changing with the times. If it isn’t growing, it’s stagnant, and without the support of the people, no movement for liberation can exist, no matter how correct its analysis of the situation is.
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  4 y ago in Quotes
War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.
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  4 y ago in Quotes
You can not, without guilt and disgrace, stop where you are. The past and the present call on you to advance. Let what you have gained be an impulse to something higher. Your nature is too great to be crushed. You were not created what you are, merely to toil, eat, drink, and sleep, like the inferior animals. If you will, you can rise.
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  4 y ago in Quotes
Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made.
The Third Notebook, December 4, 1917
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  5 y ago in Quotes
I used to yell at lusers when they didn't RTFM.
Then I yelled at developers because they didn't WTFM.
Now I yell into the abyss as all of you fucking dipshits gallivant around naked, singing the praises of a fucking number for the number's sake.
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  5 y ago in Quotes
Whenever a man chooses his purpose and his commitment in all clearness and in all sincerity, whatever that purpose may be, it is impossible for him to prefer another. It is true in the sense that we do not believe in progress. Progress implies amelioration; but man is always the same, facing a situation which is always changing, and choice remains always a choice in the situation. The moral problem has not changed since the time when it was a choice between slavery and anti-slavery.
"Existentialism Is a Humanism" (1946)