The sophists had this idea: forget this idea of what's true or notwhat you want to do is rhetoric; you want to be able to persuade the audience and have the audience think you're smart and cool. And socrates and plato, basically their whole idea is, "bullshit. There is such a thing as truth, and it's not all just how to say what you say so that you get a good job or get laid, or whatever it is people think they want.
You have twenty-four hours, horseguy, to kill your betrayer any way you see fit and to take your revenge. make them count. oh, and know that you can’t let daylight touch you. if you do…well, you don’t want to die without your soul. it’s highly unpleasant. sometime in the next few days, a man named acheron parthenopaeus will find you and teach you everything you need to know about being a dark-hunter. if you’re smart, you’ll listen to him. welcome to the madness. – artemis
Somewhere behind me, zia yelled, "hippo!" which i thought was a little late. she stumbled toward me over the rocking deck, the tip of her staff on fire. our ghostly pal setne floated behind her, grinning with delight. "there is it!" setne shook his diamond pink rings. "told ya apophis would send a monster to kill you." "you're so smart!" i shouted. "now, how do we stop it?
This is a gathering of lovers.In this gatheringthere is no high, no low,no smart, no ignorant,no special assembly,no grand discourse,no proper schooling required.There is no master,no disciple.This gathering is more like a drunken party,full of tricksters, fools,mad men and mad women.This is a gathering of lovers.
Our greatest hope is for the experience of joy, and often we are not as smart as we think we are when it comes to predicting what would bring us that joy. . . hope that is attached to a particular outcome is looking for pleasure but fishing for pain, because attachment itself is a source of pain. it is best to hope for an experience of life in all its fullness-a life that can embrace both joy and sorrow, and will still be at peace.
I tell my students that when you write, you should pretend youre writing the best letter you ever wrote to the smartest friend you have. That way, youll never dumb things down. You wont have to explain things that dont need explaining. Youll assume an intimacy and a natural shorthand, which is good because readers are smart and dont wish to be condescended to.