I can’t help but think that the concepts of human nature – of kindness, of justice, of human essence and its realization… These are all notion and concepts that have been created within our civilization, our system of knowledge and our form of philosophy and as a result they form part of our class system. And one cannot, however regrettable it may be, put forward these concepts to describe or justify a fight which should and shall in principle overthrow the very fundamentals of our society.
Our concept of human nature is certainly limited, partial, socially conditioned, constrained by our own character defects and the limitations of the intellectual culture in which we exist. Yet at the same time, it’s of critical importance that we have some direction, that we know what impossible goals we’re trying to achieve if we hope to achieve some of the possible goals. That means we have to be bold enough to speculate and create social theories on the basis of partial knowledge while remaining very open to the strong possibility, overwhelming probability that we’re very off the mark.
I am trying to get at something so simple that I have to talk plainly so the words don't disfigure it and if it turns out that what I say is untrue then at least let it be harmless
One of the things I suggest to people is that they watch themselves as if they do not understand who they are or what they are ruled by and notice those times they're where they should be.
You'll see there are times in your life where you're somewhere or you've done something and all the sudden you're together. You're where you should be, your conscience is not disturbing you. You're not proud of what you did because pride is not the right term but you understand deeply that you've done something that you should have done. You might not understand why, you might not even understand what it is... but the study of that can help elucidate the difference between what actually constitutes you, which is a very difficult thing to discover, and what constitutes the accretion that characterizes you because of your intense proclivity for social mimicry.
Transition is always a relief. Destination means death to me. If I could figure out a way to remain forever in transition, in the disconnected and unfamiliar, I could remain in a state of perpetual freedom