The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation.
The supposed reality of misfiring synapses, chemical imbalances, frontal lobe anomalies and the like – did not sway her desire for escape into an alternate universe – where she could discover fascinating things about her inner world – or where she could hide from the real world.
Am I on your walk of shame? You did sleep with the right MacGregor, didn’t you?
You’re the one getting ready to bolt, Jesper. You just want me to run with you so you don’t have to feel so bad about it. For all your love of a fight, you’re always the first to talk about running for cover.
Yes, a deep lesson from the postage stamp. It attaches itself to a moveable material, the envelope and gets going. A good relationship keeps you going forward; a bad one keeps you static. Attach yourself to someone who is also going forward and you will also get there.
The Beats, like their successors in the Sixties, have often been described as ‘idealists’. But fantasies of total gratification are not the product of idealism. They arise from a narcissism that, finding the world unequal to its desires, retreats into a realm of heedless self-absorption. Modesty, convention, and self-restraint then appear as the enemies rather than as the allies of humanity. In this sense, the Beat generation marks a step away from civilization.
The memories of our glories fade, and rot away into half-arsed anecdotes, thin and unconvincing as some other bastard’s lies. The failures, the disappointments, the regrets, they stay raw as the moments they happened.
I do give them to you,” he announced. “Of my free will. Because this is my sword.” He laid a hand on Arisa’s shoulder. “And Weasle is my shield. What you hold are only pieces of iron.
There is a taint of death, a flavor of mortality in lies,-which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world-what I want to forget.
A society without the means to detect lies and theft soon squanders its liberty and freedom.