Thursday, July 21, 2016

Gnostics.... We maintain that the world is an illusion. The unconscious self is consubstantial with perfection, but because of a tragic fall it is thrown into a foreign domain that is completely alien to its true being. It’s always a fall, a tragic fall, and here we are. That’s it, in a nutshell.

Stuff, Joy Williams (The New Yorker, July 25, 2016)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It is axiomatic in the art of war that the side which remains behind its fortified line is always defeated.

Napoleon Bonaparte