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anonymous asked:

Got any favorite books that will help me to feel more content with my life? (Nihilism please, I'm new hear and love what you've had to say!)

Hi dear user.

This is one of the many question I’ve received these past two weeks asking me about my recommended books. I was late to reply because I wanted to make a comprehensive list.

This list will only include those books I’ve read so I can vouch for the content. I’m sure many great studies, essays, theses and novels will be missing so please, dear users, comment your favorite books that should be in this list.

I’ll structure the list by genres, from hard philosophy, to axioms and meditations, novels and finally not necessarily Nihilist but related works that either inspired or extended Nihilism or took it to interesting ways.

Philosophy:

- Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil, The Genealogy of Morals and Gay Science (cliche, but Nietzsche’s work is crucial never the less)

- Donald Crosby - The experience of the absurd (maybe the most thoughtful meditation, at least modern, on historical nihilism)

- Ray Brassier - Nihil Unbound (A marvelous study of the new roles of nihilism in our culture. Maybe the smartest work on the subject to date)

- Michael Novak - The experience of nothingness (A milder study of “almost” modern nihilism. But very clear)

- Eugene Thaker - On the dust of this planet (A great examination of Nihilism using many cultural references, from pop culture to art and theology)

Important novels with nihilistic themes or related to nihilism:

- Michel Houellebecq - Extension of the battlefield (I think the American title for this was “Whatever”. Horrible title. The original French one is more adequate. One of my favorite novels)

- Albert Camus - The Outsider (The seminal absurdist novel. I’ve always argued that absurdism feels more parallel to nihilism than existentialism)

- Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse 5 (A semi-autobiography. Vonnegut uses the war to meditates on human condition. A great and depressing read)

- Chuck Palahniuk - anything from his first 5 or 6 books.

- Charles Bukowski, although he is way more optimistic than you would think. One of the poets I enjoy the most.

Axioms:

- Emil Cioran, The inconvenience of being born, At the heights of despair, The temptation to exists… actually, anything by Cioran. My favorite thinker.

Non-nihilist but related philosophy works:

- Martin Heidegger - Being and time (Heidegger might very well be the last GREAT philosopher. How he deconstruct identity and how he contemplates the question of what it means to be a being it’s maybe the last true breakthrough in philosophy. His mind was out of this existence)

- Jean Paul Sartre - Being and nothingness (A continuation of Heidegger. I’m not a big Sartre proponent. To me he was more popular than brilliant, but he did author some essential reads)

- The gift of death - Jaques Derrida (An examination of how death conforms our identity. Not really nihilistic but traces many parallels to it)

EDIT: An unforgivable omission: Anything by Diogenes of Sinope. Sorry dear users.


I hope you all find this list useful, dear users.

acebeatriz  asked:

Sci-fi AU in which Credence is an android that grew way beyond his programming and Graves is the handler that has grown much too attached to something that was supposed to just be another project.

On the second day of testing, the C prototype of his Obscurus project learned how to mimic human body shapes. It tried on his own face and the face of one of his junior programmers, then settled on something entirely its own. It gave itself a pronounced nose and a strong jaw, large features that stood out even in the cloud of grey.

On the fifth day, the C prototype began to buzz and hum. For an hour, it screamed at pitches so inhumanly brutal that Percival Graves made the call to cut the audio recording himself. That was a mistake. He’ll never know exactly when it was the C prototype learned to speak.

On the sixth day, the C prototype sat on the other side of the triple-sealed polymer glass and said, “Hello, Mr. Graves.”

On the one hundred and seventy second day, President Picquery called him before the board.

“Graves,” she said. “Is what Dr. Barebone says true? Is the C prototype self-replicating?”

“He’s learning,” Percival said. “That’s what he’s programmed to do. His advancement is astounding, as I’ve put in my reports.”

“It,” Mary Lou Barebone said. “The protoype is an it, Mr. Graves, not a he. It is a cloud of nanomachines dangerously close to bringing all our nightmare projections about grey goo to reality.”

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Softening the Edges - Betty/Jughead

AO3:
Prologue
Part II
Part III: Liking “Like That” 

“Left alone with my heart
I’m learning how to love you”

Their alliance was now officially established, and Betty had taken to seeking Jughead out. He found that he was also helpless to stop it from happening. He couldn’t be blamed really. She had this magnetism - she pulled people toward her in the gentlest way possible. It started with her coming out and sitting on her front porch while the two of them were waiting for Archie. He’d be standing off in front of Archie’s house all awkward and quiet and she’d bawl out:

“Whatcha standing over there for? Come over!”

Jughead was very hesitant at first. He wasn’t quick to trust anyone, and he found himself to be agonizingly shy around Betty. It was a difficult hurdle to overcome in the beginning. The true defining breakthrough moment when he knew that he could trust her was her reaction to Hot Dog, and his reaction to her.

Archie had already thoroughly gotten the Hot Dog seal of approval, and the dog was just as much a regular to the Andrews household as he was. Fred Andrews had nearly dropped dead from a stroke when he looked out the front window one day to see the boys struggling halfway up the climb to the tree house with Hot Dog’s huge bulk mashed between them, terrified, and the two boys teetering dangerously to falling. He rushed outside to break up this instance of madness and promptly ranted on the safety dangers of this, but Archie’s guilty and mournful expression stilled his lecture.

“But dad, he wants to come up. He cries when we go up without him and he’s down here alone. We feel bad. We can’t leave him down there, he gets so sad.”

This lead to Fred Andrew’s hysterical patented dog pulley method in which one boy would attach a harness tied to a piece of rope to Hot Dog and the other would  scurry to the top with a rope and pull the sheepdog up.

Needless to say, anyone who was going to get in with Jughead and Archie would have to be Hot Dog approved.

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anonymous asked:

Hi! I just wanted to ask you, since you were talking about Katsuriko headcanons, if you have any Yutamaki headcanons? It's okay if you don't, but I really liked your headcanons for Yuta that you did before and I'm just curious about any you might have for Yutamaki. :D

Sorry for the delay, anon! I wound up with more than I expected for these two, too lol

Another anon also asked if I had any head-canons for them post-series, so I’m including both, my Honoka headcanons and the YutaMaki ones!

(Yuta headcanons here)

Originally posted by enchantingnanami

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3 Powerful Tips To Avoid Spiritual Bypassing

Spiritual Bypassing: A term first coined by author John Welwood. The spiritual bypass is the tendency to jump to spirit prematurely, usually in an effort to avoid various aspects of earthly reality (practical challenges, unresolved emotions and memories). The bypass has many symptoms- the starry-eyed bliss trip, radical detachment from one’s self-identifications, premature forgiveness, ungrounded behaviors, wish-full thinking etc.” - Jeff Brown

As a seeker and teacher who has been on the path of self-development and spiritual transformation for many years, I know first hand that this journey is not always full of bliss. There are times where you are curled up on the floor in tears, breakdowns happen at the most inconvenient moments and the pain can feel deep and almost insurmountable. It rocks your inner and outer world in ways that are only understood by those who are and have been on this journey. When you make the choice to begin doing your deep inner work and face everything you have held on to, there is no turning back. You can’t begin this work and ever revert to the same person you were before you started this process. The only way to get through and come out is to go through it fully; there is no, “easy,” way out to achieve true personal liberation.

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“Pointe shoes are such a beautiful part of the ballet aesthetic, and when i got my first pair, it felt like a true breakthrough on my path to becoming a ballerina. I remember it wasn’t the most comfortable feeling. But I think I was on such a high that i was willing to withstand the pain. It didn’t take long to realize there was a whole new vocabulary of dance that becomes available once I had my pointe shoes on. I think my first pair lasted me a year. Now I wear through a pair per day” - Heather ogden

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