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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:45 pm

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CULTURE AND THE INDIVIDUAL.(A.HUXLEY)


INTERESTING:
http://www.psychedelic-library.org/huxcultr.htm


Another way of realising truth:
“You wish to know what the marks of a man are who wants to realise truth which is God, he must reduce himself to zero and have perfect control over all his senses beginning with the palate or tongue”. Gandhi
Although I have been baptised I don’t necessarily believe in one God and I think this approach to realising truth doesn’t just apply to finding God. Everyday we are bombarded with media which sets the cultural and societal norms which are then enforced upon us and we cannot escape it because it is on our televisions, radios, it’s the shopping centres, buildings, capitalism, the government, the people on the street, EVERYTHING! . It is as if they have built all these structures around us in order to force us to conform in one way or another because there is a desire (materialism, to experience ‘the good life’ - travelling, having a house in the city or enjoying even the simplest of pleasures - dining out, seeing your favourite bands live) and without money you cannot do these things so you have to put a uniform on like every other conforming being on the planet, but its not your fault, what other choice do you have when no-one you know agrees with you or is too afraid to break away from conformity.
It seems the governments across the world have put measures in place to prevent the 60s counter- culture from ever coming back by impressing this idea that people can be anything they want via universities, offering government incentives to students just out of school e.g HECS in Australia, or paid work, or a place in the army. Another means is by changing the laws – e.g drugs, the repercussions of which are greater than in the past and if they cant get through to you that way the influence of your family or friends will. All of these are measures used to keep these students too busy to realise the truth and do something about it.
It is true we cannot live without food, shelter, water and clothing but they imprint the idea of having money in order to have these things which if you try /look hard enough you can get these things without money. The problem is people who agree with this view are deemed as ‘unrealistic’, ‘unreasonable’, ‘naïve’ and quite frankly ‘stupid’ but if the aboriginals and tribes in Africa could and can still do it, so can we.
It is such a shame that we will eventually die and we are stuck trying to fit into society, all the while feeling like something is wrong and even though we may have the money to afford the things we want it’s not enough and we aren’t satisfied. It is so sad that buildings and pollution are destroying the planet and people are so focused on their own lives they can’t see the beauty around them in nature. I think these people need to read some Wordsworth!
Nature is so beautiful, it has the ability to repair itself on it’s own unlike a building which once is blown up cannot. It is near to impossible, the idea of being able to live a lifestyle without being part of a society but if a group of people were to band together and create a community separated from our current one I’m sure it would be.

So true! Money... A cut off the top of every transaction. What a deal! From credit cards, debit cards.

If you make 5% of the money every time it changes hands = Inflation from the devalued money.

When I was a young girl no one had credit cards. Then Sears, Fashion Bug, and other individual stores started giving small credit so they would have a back end cut from the interest.

Now it is world wide paypal, visa, MC, etc.

Without an enslaved people, just trying to get the basics. You know, like toilet paper. Let's see $6.75 for 12 rolls. Lasts a few weeks. 5% = $ .34 just for one item alone. What a deal!

If the cut off the top is yours from every living being on the planet - What is the incentive to change? It pays for mansions, multiple cars, servants, travel, etc. for the top few.

I am reading a book lately. Very slow and tedious.
http://www.amazon.com/Stop-FDA-Save-Health-Freedom/dp/0962741884

Oppression, depression, suppression.

Yes, the joys of living are not set in these manufactured things.

The hope of a kingdom to come. "His" will.
The hope that things will be set right in the future.
A joy that passes all understanding.


Look up today into the vast sky. There is beauty we can share with each other at no cost.


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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:42 am


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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Sun May 06, 2012 4:59 am

Jane20 wrote:

http://www.lsdexperience.com/frameset_chapter01.htm

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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Sun May 06, 2012 10:04 am


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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Sun May 06, 2012 3:03 pm

This Is A Call: The Life And Times Of Dave Grohl

Bloke's a fricking legend, gotta hand it to him.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Mon May 07, 2012 1:18 am

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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Thu May 10, 2012 9:20 am

On Becoming Human- Ross Snyder
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Thu May 10, 2012 8:03 pm

I'm trying to read James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man. It's not the easiest book to read, that's for sure...
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Sat May 12, 2012 12:44 am

I'm reading this classic for the first time Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Wed May 16, 2012 4:22 pm

Almost French - Sarah Turnbull

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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Sun May 20, 2012 12:59 pm

50 Shades of Grey- E L James
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Sun May 20, 2012 7:43 pm

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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:16 pm

An Imaginary Life by David Malouf.

Really want to get it done so I can finally start Slaughterhouse 5.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:37 am

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Slaughterhouse 5.

Slaughterhouse-Five is an amazing novel. I think you'll really enjoy it.

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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:05 am

The Catcher in the Rye for the tenth time. It never gets old.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:10 am

Aldous Huxley- Brave New World
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:35 am

Jane20 wrote:
Aldous Huxley- Brave New World
One of my favourites! what do you think of it so far?

I'm reading Bridget jones' diary lol Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:40 am

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The Catcher in the Rye for the tenth time. It never gets old.

Read this the other night and was severely underwhelmed. Disappointing. Neutral

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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:29 pm

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The Catcher in the Rye for the tenth time. It never gets old.

Read this the other night and was severely underwhelmed. Disappointing. Neutral

It probably helps if you can relate to the themes in the book, to be fair. For me, Holden Caulfield is similar to me in so many ways and there's many things that happen to him in the book that resonate with me. Our opinions coincide on so many things as well. If you're not similar to him or you don't have the same mind frame, I wouldn't imagine you'd enjoy it all that much.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:02 am

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It probably helps if you can relate to the themes in the book, to be fair. For me, Holden Caulfield is similar to me in so many ways and there's many things that happen to him in the book that resonate with me. Our opinions coincide on so many things as well. If you're not similar to him or you don't have the same mind frame, I wouldn't imagine you'd enjoy it all that much.

I disagree completely; being able to relate to something doesn't always help in being able to enjoy something.
Let's be realistic: this book does not cover new territory in its exploration of depression, anxiety, mental illness, existentialism and isolation. These are things the majority of people (particularly the literary-minded) can relate to in one way another (which, I suppose, is why it's received such continued acclaim). Indeed, I related to these feelings and many of this thoughts strongly, yet the reaction I had was minor. A good book usually grasps me firmly by the gut and renders me immobile with a sustained physical reaction for the hours it takes to read it, if not the days it takes to digest what I've read and recover. There were a few particularly poignant scenes which really struck me in The Catcher in the Rye, but apart from those, I was generally quite unmoved. It's kind of like I didn't believe what I was reading; there was no real connecting element between one action and the next. I can't quite describe it.

Maybe my expectations were too high from the get-go? Or maybe I just came to the book with preconceived annoyance as it seems like every 15 year old kid on the internet who read this for school says it is "their life". I don't know.

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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:07 pm

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I disagree completely; being able to relate to something doesn't always help in being able to enjoy something.

No, but if you can relate to something, I can guarentee you'll enjoy it more. For example, I like listening to Mobb Deep, but I don't exactly relate to many of the themes he raps about, therefore, I don't enjoy it as much as I would if I listened to something by La Dispute or Alkaline Trio.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:58 pm

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American Psycho and the Communist Manifesto.

Shet, I was reading that too. I am smiling but sad. How come no one reads what I post?
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:01 am

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omg this must be the most boring thing in the universe lol

How come you wrote it is boring and stuff to what I posted, but celebrated what Kitty posted? Nothing against her, but the comment you made appeared a bit offensive to me. No lecture is boring. So please...
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading right now? (books, magazines etc)   Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:57 am

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