You have to look at a thing long enough for it to really show itself to you…
Relativism emerges as the contemporary supplement of a wish to appear democratic, tolerant and humble about one’s ability to grasp the truth. Democracy is perceived as defending the “the right of each person to his or her own viewpoint, so much so, indeed, it seems to imply a tolerance that asks one to relativize one’s own positions and to shrink from putting them forward as true
Nobody wants to look like a fool. Nine times out of ten, that
reason alone keeps people from allowing themselves to believe.
Is,” “is,” “is”-the idiocy of the word haunts me. If it were abolished, human thought might begin to make sense. I don’t know what anything “is”; I only know how it seems to me at this moment.
Nimium ne crede colori
Imagine learning at such a young age that your very appearance-your very identity-is enough to trigger such confusion and animosity. Imagine knowing that people will hate you for no reason other than you are who you are
I remembered my little brother, Allyn, had appeared so innocent and angelic when he slept–similar to Kerrick. It must be a survival tactic. If Allyn hadn’t looked so sweet, we would have killed him while he slept. He had been pure evil when he was awake–similar to Kerrick.
Appearances, beauty, value and life have their unique mysteries and essence. I prefer that essence to be breathing with humility, honesty, compassion, respect and a timeless love.
Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.
You’ll never make it out there. You weren’t made for South Pole adventures.”
Flora gave her an icy look. “I think I know by now what I was made for.