I'm a proud fence-sitter, speaking in defence of burning bridges

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

Not gonna lie, most of this is random quotes and quips. I give credit where it's due. The rest is original.

The cover picture is from William Blake’s Illustrations of the Book of Job.


I remember my childhood
When I was already an old woman
Flowers died in my hands
Because the wild dance of joy
Had ravished their hearts

I remember the black sunny mornings
A child I was then
That is, yesterday
That is, centuries away

The cage has morphed into a bird
And has devoured my hopes

The cage has morphed into a bird
What am I to do with fear


Alejandra Pizarnik


You may hate me now,

but I see past that base instinct,

and when all is said and done,

you will love me too,

just as I love you.



To write is to painstakingly and meticulously pour your heart out for the sake of entertainment.



I struggle to be myself

the drugs surely help.

Why it is so? So it goes.



The clock stopped ticking.

Dew trickled dreamily down.

Slow mind, just in time.



Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you're so clever and classless and free
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see
A working class hero is something to be

John Lennon, Working Class Hero



Manifestations of spontaneous order


- Jung on Mandela pattern






William Blake


“In Illustrations of The Book of Job, Yahweh and Job are depicted as identical, one in celestial, and one in terrestrial realm…”


“You refuse the burden of consciousness by becoming unconscious again." And that sums up addiction, or at least the general behavior of addicts. Wow.”



“Tyranny is the deliberate removal of nuance.”

Albert Maysles



Bird series Make it look happy but it’s actually super dark Like animal farm Currawongs magpies larks kookaburras Make cockatoos into the dicks



Read more WhitmanTurgenevChekhovCeline, finish 2nd half Camus Mysterious Stranger, read CS LewisAlfred Tennyson...



In defense of burning bridges - is it not better to break someone’s heart all at once than in bits? Yes. Is it any different with platonic relationships? No.If the means are emotionally hurtful to others? Still worth it, so long as no significant damage is caused. If it’s necessary to cause significant hurt to liberate oneself from a taxing relationship, is it still worth burning the bridge? I’d say so. Obviously, one’s principles act as guidance.




Acting in the apparent ‘best' interests of others is not necessarily a good thing. In fact, it’s usually the opposite,  such as in the case with the monkey who ‘helps’ the fish up the tree, lest the fish drowns…



“Money is numbers, and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.”

Bob Marley



Got nothing more to say. Thanks for reading. I’ll leave you with a long list of irrelevant quotes:




"If you are going to tell people the truth, you have to make them laugh, or they'll kill you."

Oscar Wilde


“It's easier to fool people than to convince them they've been fooled.”  

Mark Twain


“Some people are so poor, all they have is money.”

Bob Marley


"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule."

H. L. Mencken


“Most diabolical things that are done, were done in the name of righteousness.”

Alan Watts


“We don’t change.....we can look back on those people and see how evil that was, but we can’t see it in ourselves....so, therefore, beware of virtue.”

Alan Watts


“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” 

Lao Tzu


“The forest was shrinking but the trees kept voting for the axe. For the axe was clever & convinced the trees that because his handle was wood he was one of them.”

West Asian Fable


“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”



“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom requires responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” 

Sigmund Freud


“They call it the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.”

 George Carlin


'In Times of Deceit, Telling the Truth is a Revolutionary Act!'

George Orwell


"It is just as difficult and dangerous to try to free people that want to remain servile, as it is to enslave people that want to remain free "

Niccolo Machiavelli


"The welfare of society is the alibi of tyrants."

Albert Camus

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."

Aldous Huxley


"What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us."

Neil Postman - Amusing Ourselves to Death, on Orwell and Huxley


“The highest virtue is not virtue. Therefore really is virtue. But inferior virtue cannot let go of being virtuous, and therefore is not virtue.”

Lao Tzu

“Your good, careful people of the villages are the thieves of virtue.

ConfuciusThe Analects, 17.

“They agree with the current customs. They consent with an impure age. Their principles only appear to be right-heartedness and truth. Their conduct only appears to be disinterestedness and purity. All men are pleased with them, and they deem themselves to be right. But one cannot proceed with them to the principles of [the moral exemplars]. For this reason they are called “The thieves of virtue.”

D.C. Lau,Mencius (1970)

Submitted: October 22, 2021

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dewey green

Onya mate, fucking torch the bitch....but the birds are right, the Cockys are arseholes.

Mon, October 25th, 2021 12:17am


They sure are! “Screeeech!” Fuck off!

Tue, October 26th, 2021 8:00pm

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