We seek truth in all human experience, principally because we want security; we want that certainty that we are not deceiving ourselves. The question is, how do we know when we have attained truth? To most of us, truth consists of the substantiation of our ideas.
Listen, you! We expect nothing from you…we have burnt our hope as far as you are concerned…we want to speak to the ones who are prepared to stop eating their food. Misery is your food… scum-filth party politics is your food…when will you look down and see what is on the end of your fork – the naked lunch? We give up, you little people, your tenacity, your insistence on little wretched miseries amazes us. Stop reading this now. Because it is highly unlikely that you are one of those able to understand us.
Daphne and Sylvester want to prove that their love is real. They want to prove that their love is real to the whole world. That is why they are currently having sexual intercourse in the middle of their local shopping centre on a Saturday afternoon.
what I really want is a world wherein I feel generously supported in having disreputable adventures, free to be my expansively weird self.
Max looks up the dark passage. “Tell Max what is there.” “I can’t. Or, I could, but you wouldn’t understand yet. You have to want to know. You have to make the choice yourself.”
Blake Crouch, Summer Frost
How much of this do you want to know. Do you want to be fixed so that you can walk off into the sunshine, or do you want to know it all so that you can take an active part in your own path and learn to be of service?
Josephine McCarthy, The Last Scabbard
“But,” I objected, “such an institution would require an Adept as a teacher. Would you consent to teach?” To this Theodorus answered, “Wherever there is a want, the supply will not fail to come, for there is no vacuum in nature.”
Franz Hartmann, With The Adepts
We can have whatever we want, whenever we want it, and it’s getting boring. I want something I can’t have.
Guy New York, The Ortolan Hunters and Other Disturbing Tales
You can and should use logic and reason all you want. But it would be a great mistake to ignore the stray bit of data that doesn’t fit into your preconceived theories, that may even confound everything you thought you were sure of.
Barbara Ehrenreich, Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth about Everything