Random quotes and clippings for reference.

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It was as if that great rush of anger had washed me clean, emptied me of hope, and, gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe.

– Albert Camus, - L’etranger

" These conflicting findings indicate that IA is a complex multi-dimensional construct (Mehling et al., 2012). In teroception seems to require the interplay between perceptual body states and cognitive appraisal of those body st ates (Farb et al., 2015). … Interoceptive awareness and mindfulness are associated but distinct constructs in mind-body interactions. … With the increasing interest and study of mindfulness in Western science, it is important to be precise in how it is defined as a construct and to differentiate it from other meditative techniques. … Interoceptive signals do not map easily onto objective measures (Mehling, 2016). This can be problematic in Weste rn science because interoceptive processing can be noisy and ambiguous (Petersen et al., 2014). To objectively mea sure IA as a complex multidimensional capacity is an ongoing process. … "

Mindfulness Interoception and the Body A Contemporary Perspective

“But man, proud man,
Dress’d in a little brief authority,
Most ignorant of what
he’s most assur’d—
His glassy essence—like an angry ape
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
As makes the angels weep; who, with our spleens,
Would all themselves laugh mortal.”

– William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

Social psychology

I am always surprised and truly amazed that anyone can be attracted by the macabre. The population at large is neither ‘ordinary’ or ‘normal’. They seem to be bound together by a collective ignorance of themselves and what they are. They have, every one of them, got their deep dark thoughts with many a skeleton rattling in their secret cupboards. Their fascination with ‘types’ (rare types) like myself plagues them with the mystery of why and how a living person can actually do things which may be only those dark images and acts secretly within them. I believe they can identify with these ‘dark images and acts’ and loathe anything which reminds them of this dark side of themselves. The usual reaction is a flood of popular self-righteous condemnation but a willingness to, with friends and acquaintances, talk over and over again the appropriate bits of the case.

– D. Nilsen - Killing for Company

“From those indifferent couplings I do remember this: when men have sex with women, they fall into the woman. She is the thing that they desire, or sometimes fear, but in any event she is the end point, the place where they are going. She is the destination. It is gay men who, during sex, fall through their partners back into themselves, over and over again.
He goes on:
”I have had sex with many men. Most of them look a certain way. They are medium in height and tend to prettiness. They will probably have blue eyes.They seem, from the street, or across the room, a bit solemn. When I hold them, it is like falling through a reflection back into my desire, into the thing that defines me, my self.
This is a remarkable insight, and also a disturbing one. Because it suggests that there will always be something strange and potentially threatening about gay people – most especially gay men. Not just because being gay is an unstable component on which to base an individual identity and a hideously unstable way to try to base any form of group identity, but because gays will always present a challenge to something innate in the group that make up the majority in society.

– Mendelson, Douglas Murray - The Madness of Crowds

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