They tell you not to worry too much because you can always come back to it. You can always finish what you’ve started. But that’s not what it is though. It’s the fact that nothing ever happens the same way twice. You can come back to it anytime, you can finish it whenever you want, but it still won’t be the same. Nothing would.
When I squash a mosquito, I find that one of two things happen. Blood spurts out of them or they leave a blackish liquid on my hand. Apparently, insects do not have blood vessels, and thus their bodies contain a liquid that oxygen passes through. I congratulate them for being able to taste my blood and surviving the five spiders I have living in my room. May their children be able to survive without them. Also, I apologize for being selfish, but mosquitoes make it hard for me to sleep at night. I hope all goes well with their families.
Semantic satiation (also semantic saturation) is a cognitive neuroscience phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose meaning for the listener, who can only process the speech as repeated meaningless sounds.
In Terry Carr’s short story “Stanley Toothbrush”, the protagonist repeats the word “shelf” to himself so many times that it loses meaning, to the point where all the shelves in his house disappear. He also exhibits semantic generation when repeatedly talking about something leads it to become real.
Just make sure that you understand that once you’ve made that decision, there’s no going back. Your relationship, your circumstances, your reputation and your life will never be the same. Enjoy watching the flames burn, because that’s the last time you’ll ever see anything beautiful come from that part of your life ever again
Current research is discovering that individuals can employ television to create what is termed a parasocial or faux relationship with characters from their favorite television shows and movies as a way of deflecting feelings of loneliness and social deprivation. Just as an individual would spend time with a real person sharing opinions and thoughts, pseudo-relationships are formed with TV characters by becoming personally invested in their lives as if they were a close friend so that the individual can satiate the human desire to form meaningful relationships and establish themselves in society.
By providing a temporary substitute for acceptance and belonging that is experienced through social relationships TV is helping to relieve feelings of depression and loneliness when those relationships are not available. This benefit is considered a positive consequence of watching television as it can counteract the psychological damage that is caused by isolation from social relationships.
“If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.”—Frank Zappa (via littlemiss)
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald (via collectedquotes)
These are the type of people that know exactly what they are doing. This title is usually reserved for outwardly collected people who are successful in several areas of their life, but that may not always be the case. A responsible person needs no shiny trophies or varied prospects, although these may arise as a reward for their overt integrity.
It is widely believed that the acceptance of responsibility requires being dragged down by activities that need to be completed, conventions that need to be followed and reputations that need to be upheld. One may be surprised how lenient the definition of responsibility may be.
A responsible person is a person who makes no mistakes. This, in itself, seems an impossible feat, but is quite straightforward. If an individual makes a decision, any decision, whether widely praised or rejected, the decision must be made with integrity. The responsible rarely feel regret, as each decision is aligned with a particular purpose. All externalities of said purpose, negative or positive, leave the responsible person unfazed; the decision was worth it, and thus was best.
An individual thus reaches the summit of responsibility when they find a purpose to base their decisions on. Embracing both their own decisions and the decisions of others, the responsible person has learned to accept the entirety of their life as a projection of their personal propensities. Responsible people find life worthwhile, as they understand that they had a hand in making it the way it is.
“And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter— they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long.”—Sylvia Plath (via shutmyeyes)