"Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it."
- Via underpaidgenius.
"... Christ’s image is just the perfect symbol for our civilization.
It’s a perfect event for us - you have to die to survive. Because the personality is crucified in our society.
That’s why so many people collapse, why the mental hospitals are full.
Nobody can survive with the personality that they want, which is the hero of their own drama."
- Leonard Cohen, via crashingly beautiful.
“The brain is automatic but people are free. You are responsible. Get over it.”
Free will is not a useful concept at the level of brain biology, to summarize Gazzaniga, because the biology is fixed.
We cannot control our brains.
It is at the level of interactions between people where concepts like responsibility and justice can be addressed.
Gazzaniga compared the problem to an analysis of traffic, which cannot be achieved by studying individual cars.
“Traffic only exists in the interaction,” he said.”
- Via amiquote.