Saturday, June 28, 2014

Christian theologians after the Middle Ages need to be credited for having started to sense the intolerability of their own resentment constructions. Subsequently, they felt compelled to weaken the excesses of their theology of rage. This was reflected in the invention of purgatory. It is probably not overdrawn to characterize the new theology of purgatory, which rapidly expanded from the eleventh century on, as the real Christian thought that created history.

- Peter Sloterdijk, Rage and Time

Capricorn Suit

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Harsh Skull

     While on a journey, Chuang Tzu found a skull, dry and parched. With sorrow he questioned and lamented the end to all things. When he finished speaking he dragged the skull over, and using it as a pillow, lay down to sleep.
     In the night the skull came to his dreams and said "You are a fool to rejoice in the entanglements of life."
     Chuang Tzu couldn't believe this and asked "If I could return you to your life, you would want that wouldn't you?"
     Stunned by Chuang Tzu's foolishness the skull replied, "How do you know that it is bad to be dead?"