sex v. death, machine v. man, man v. woman, woman v. your mother
"There are many people who reach their conclusions about life like schoolboys; they cheat their master by copying the answer out of a book without having worked out the sum for themselves."
From the Journals of Søren Kierkegaard (via kierkegaarddane)
"Why for example, does a twenty-two-year-old man pursue a sixteen-year-old adolescent? Because he is stimulated by her? Obviously not. They are at completely different developmental points in life with a dramatic imbalance in their levels of knowledge and experience. He is attracted to power and seeks a partner who will look up to him with awe and allow him to lead her. Of course, he usually tells her the opposite, insisting that he wants to be with her because of how unusually mature and sophisticated she is for her age. He may even compliment her on her sexual prowess and say how much power she has over him, setting up the young victim so that she won’t recognize what is happening to her. Even without a chronological age difference, some abusive men are drawn to women who have less life experience, knowledge, or self-confidence, and who will look up to the man as a teacher or mentor."
Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft (via staininyourbrain)
"Sadness is the matrix from which wit and irony spring; sadness is uncomfortable and creative, which is why consumer society cannot tolerate it."
Germaine Greer (via quotes-shape-us)
"Traversing from desire to drive, means to no longer to be under the spell of idealising. One doen’t need to give up on desire, one just takes one step out of it, in and out of desire at the same time."
Andre Vantino quoting Zizek (via alterities)
Michael Ayrton (English, 1921-1975), Still life, 1954. Oil on board, 69 x 110 cm.