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from zendrayk - Sunday, June 12, 2005
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I picked this up somewhere, I hope not on here or this article is pretty redundant. Anyways... here ya go.

Translated from Notebooks of
Don Rigoberto by Mario Vargas Llosa

"I know no lie more abject than the expression taught to children 'Healthy mind in healthy body'. Who ever said a healthy mind was a desirable goal? 'Healthy', in this case, means stupid, conventional, lacking imagination and malice, domesticated by the stereotypes of established morals and official religion. Is that a 'healthy' mind? No! It's a conformist mind, the mind of a monk, of a notary, an insurance agent, an altar boy, a virgin, a boyscout. That's not health, that's a defect. A rich and personal mental life requires curiosity, malice, fantasies and unsatisfied desires, in other words, a 'dirty' mind -- evil thoughts, flowering of forbidden images, appetites that lead to the exploration of the unknown and the renovation of the known, and systematic challenges to inherited ideas, hackneyed knowledge, and accepted values."

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from Cultinvator
Monday, June 13, 2005 - 23:17

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I know, I'm not about to cherish doing JJT's again, but I think I see where you're talking about. A life of mind fucks creates a pretty good immunity to bull if you can survive it and not make it play in your head over and over again till you believe it. It's like we were on the outside... and there is something to say about looking at the world from a bubble. Makes you hate it enough to nor re-live it in a modified version, (ei: boring accountant job, which I have done in the family, or a nun, like loving Jesus and pretending to be mother theresa to make up for all the hypercontrolled total lifestyle, etc..)

I like my friek nature, because it's mine it's who I am, I like what you said, it makes you use what you got, instead of sobbing over it, 'oh my I never learned how to use a coke machine.... booohooo. Give me a break. Ok we were woken up early in the morning to find out who drank the adult on the dance night the day before and got sent to victor's camp, but everyone's experience was different so maybe there was someone who really didn't know how to put quarters in a coke machine...?

I can see that for those who live in a conservative state, or a highly homogenous part of the world like texas, or the getto of a large city on skid row, yea... anyone will make you feel like you're a total misfit. But otherwise if you keep the whole friekshow to yourself, you're no different than a immigrant from a very different ok maybe a bit more different.

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From zendrayk
Saturday, June 18, 2005, 21:37


It might not be entirely healthy to take a clinical view of my past... but it helps to put it into perspective. And its not always possible either to look at it that way; sometimes venting anger and resentment is whats needed.

As a matter of fact, it is alot harder for someone thats unconventional in practice or in appearance to find a place in "red" (conservative) areas, thats why I moved from Houston to Austin, I'm alot closer to average in Austin. (as far as my "phreaky appearance goes)


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From Cultinvator
Monday, June 13, 2005, 23:19

ok, didn't drink the adult, I meant the adult wine. lol! but I guess I have to make mistakes to keep Joe busy.(reply to this comment
From Cultinvator
Monday, June 13, 2005, 23:24

Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5(Agree/Disagree?)

Although I'm not a complete fan of Utilitarianism, I can see how every excess has a functional purpose in society. If you feel like killing someone, you can make really cool computer games and movies about it. If you feel like fucking day and night, get a job as a sex worker. If you like hanging out with a bunch of muscular dudes naked in the same room, join the military, if you feel like partying with a bunch of crazy mind altering, oddity loving, misfits, join the art cats of the day. If you feel like being really 'responsible' breed and move into the suburbs and do community charity... there's a place for every drive in society. It's up to you to find out what works best for you and if you're really getting what you like out of life.

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