The Steps I Gotta Take

Show me how to wade into that endless sea.  To become more than I am, to make you more than you are.

Besides occupational reservations, I’m complete. I can do what I will myself to do. The Grecian man trodding down streets of the mind, whose every detail remains a photograph. Knowing the outlines of corridors and alleyways, there is little need to explore each. I know what they contain and can delineate these contents to a t. Read More…




Originally posted on Kenneth Harper Finton:

by Frank L. Visco

My several years6f9b0bd7-adc8-463c-8f16-0bf9bc250395 in the word  game have learnt me several rules:

  1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
  2. Prepositions are  not words to end sentences with.
  3. Avoid cliche like the plague. (They’re old  hat.)
  4. Employ the vernacular.
  5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
  6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
  7. It is wrong to ever split  an infinitive.
  8. Contractions aren’t necessary.
  9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
  10. One should never generalize.
  11. Eliminate quotations. As  Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
  12. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
  13. Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s.highly superfluous.
  14. Profanity sucks.
  15. Be more or less specific.
  16. Understatement is·always best
  17. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
  19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
  20. The passive voice is to be avoided
  21. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid…

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“Do I contradict myself?

Very well then I contradict myself,

(I am large, I contain multitudes.)”

~Walt Whitman Read More…

“Patroclus eased up alongside him and shattered his right jaw with his spear, driving the point through his teeth, then, gripping the shaft, levered him up and over his chariot rail, the way a man sitting on a jutting rock with a fishing rod flips a flounder he has hooked out of the sea. So Thestor was prised gaping from his chariot and left flat on his face. His soul crawled off.” ~Iliad

“Like clusters of blossoms, wise men have two destinies: to grace the summit of the world or wither in the forest.” ~Bhartrhari

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“If I hadn’t been born rich, I might have been a really great man.”

~Charles Foster Kane: The Enigmatic Void Read More…

Nietzsche: The Modern State and The Last Man

Originally posted on The Great Conversation:

In his magnum opus, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche comments upon the insidious nature of modern political communities, “The State is where slow universal suicide is called Life.” In this video, we will explore Nietzsche’s criticism of the modern State and of the State’s ultimate goal – the creation of the Last Man.

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“I think I’ll go home and lie very still, feigning terminal illness.

Then all the neighbors will troop over to stare,  my love, perhaps, among them.

How she’ll smile while the specialists snarl in their teeth! – she perfectly well knows what ails me.”

~Ancient Egyptian poem Read More…

“L’homme est né libre, et partout il est dans les fers.”

~Jean-Jacques Rousseau  Read More…

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