Gravity's Rainbow

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October 28, 2015
by sarcozona
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We like to think of ourselves as separate from our illness. We like to blame an outside source, whether it’s evil spirits or microbes, anything foreign, anything outside ourselves. We love to pinpoint the cause, to point to that tumor, that gene, that trauma, and say, Aha! There’s your problem! It’s comforting, because it reminds us that we are not our illness. Its ugliness is not our ugliness. We have free will, but our bodies have wills of their own, and though your body will decay, as long as you retain your will, you will retain your humanity, your soul, that part of you that might still be loved.

But to think that even that can be infected, and changed, and taken away— that’s the thought that keeps me up at night.

Source: » That Thing: A True Story Based on The Exorcist

 

October 16, 2015
by sarcozona
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What’ll you live on? You can’t work in a factory now.”

“They’ve promised me a disability rating. I don’t know if it’ll be Group 2 or Group 3.

“Which one is Group 3, then?” asked Kostoglotov. He didn’t understand these disability groups, or any other civil regulations for that matter.

“It’s one of these groups – enough to buy you bread, but not enough for sugar.”

from Alexander Solzenitsyn’s Cancer Ward

October 15, 2015
by sarcozona
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What if instead of burning 4 to 6 trillion dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we’d given every poor person in America $85,000 – 128,000? Or every person period $12,000 – 18,000? Or added 4-7 years of funding to the Social Security pool? Or paid off everyone’s (non-mortgage) debt? Or gave every homeless person a nice house and a good car and paid them a living wage for 30 years? Or doubled or tripled total federal R&D spending for the last 14 years? Or given every college student in America free tuition for the next 100-150 years?