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tempogrotto · 6 days ago
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Neither convict prisons, nor the hulks, nor any system of hard labour ever cured a criminal. These forms of chastisement only punish him and reassure society against the offences he might commit. Confinement, regulation, and excessive work have no effect but to develop with these men profound hatred, a thirst for forbidden enjoyment, and frightful recalcitrations.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The House of the Dead (via philosophybits)
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tempogrotto · 23 days ago
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Linehan says she was a “high-maintenance Zen student.” After three months, she went to a priest and dramatically told him she was on the edge of spiritual breakthrough and wanted to sit nonstop for three days. The monk took her hyperbole seriously, saying he was sure she knew what she needed. But since Shasta Abbey didn’t do things that way, why didn’t she go to the nearby Holiday Inn, meditate for as long as she liked and then come back? Out on a limb not of her choosing, Linehan backtracked and returned to the schedule. She has since integrated the monk’s technique into DBT, describing it as similar to an Aikido strategy, in which an attacker’s thrust is drawn out to the tipping point where she loses her balance, called “extending.” When a suicidal new client once told her dramatically, “Either I have to do this therapy or I have to die. Those are my only two choices,” for example, Linehan asked coolly, “Well, why not die?” Taken aback, the woman replied, “If I’ve got one last hope why not take it?” and Linehan closed in, “So all things being equal, you’d rather live than die. That’s good. That’s going to be your strength. We’re going to play to that.” […]  With many a stumble, Kandel thus embarked on a process of attentional, behavioral and emotional training within an intimate therapeutic relationship—a relationship with echoes of the Asian teacher-student relationship as well as of traditional western psychotherapy. Together, they moved towards a sort of change better described by Soto than Rinzai notions of awakening: not the drenching thunderstorm of sudden enlightenment but the hope that after months and years of plodding across misty fields, their robes would be soaked through.
“On the Borderline” from Tricycle Magazine (via principleofplenitude)
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tempogrotto · 24 days ago
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happy solstice to
the face like science fiction -- 
what light there will be!
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tempogrotto · a month ago
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I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. The only God I believe in is the one Nietzsche ridiculed as “God on the Cross.” In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it? I have entered many Buddhist temples and stood respectfully before the statue of Buddha, his legs crossed, arms folded, eyes closed, the ghost of a smile playing round his mouth, a remote look on his face, detached from the agonies of the world. But each time after a while I have had to turn away. And in imagination I have turned instead to that lonely, twisted, tortured figure on the cross, nails through hands and feet, back lacerated, limbs wrenched, brow bleeding from thorn-pricks, mouth dry and intolerably thirsty, plunged in Godforsaken darkness. That is the God for me! He laid aside his immunity to pain. He entered our world of flesh and blood, tears and death. He suffered for us. – John Stott
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tempogrotto · a month ago
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i will try, mary oliver
[ID: “I did not come into this world to be comforted. I came, like red bird, to sing.” end ID]
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tempogrotto · 2 months ago
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I appreciate the honesty though.
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tempogrotto · 2 months ago
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interviewer: can you explain this gap in your resume?
me: mhm so that’s called a lacuna. it refers to when manuscripts have missing parts, lost to time. for example, the epic of gilgamesh has
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tempogrotto · 2 months ago
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william gedney, “three girls in kitchen, kentucky,” 1964, gelatin silver print
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tempogrotto · 2 months ago
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Not cum brains thinking that disabling pornhub in Russia is a sign that they are moral and makes up for all the CP and rape they host on their site
The fact that losers have to grasp at straws and reach so hard just to find a SHRED of human decency within the porn industry would be hilarious if it weren’t so pathetic
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tempogrotto · 2 months ago
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Those who are more skilled in railing at vice than in instilling virtue, and who break rather than strengthen men’s dispositions, are hurtful both to themselves and others.
Baruch Spinoza, Ethics (via philosophybits)
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tempogrotto · 2 months ago
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Kenneth Rexroth, from Sacramental Acts: Love Poems; When we with Sappho
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tempogrotto · 2 months ago
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Amrita Sher-Gil, Sumair (1936)
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tempogrotto · 2 months ago
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tempogrotto · 3 months ago
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tempogrotto · 3 months ago
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“The crucifixion was the expression of Jesus’ solidarity with people in that it was the result of that solidarity, it was that solidarity brought to its logical conclusion.”
— Sebastian Moore, Jesus the Liberator of Desire
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tempogrotto · 3 months ago
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Suffering – well, it is the sole determinant of consciousness. I did, though, set out at the beginning that consciousness, in my opinion, is man’s greatest misfortune, but I know that man loves it and wouldn’t trade it for any gratification.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground (via philosophybits)
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tempogrotto · 3 months ago
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