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shrieking-affliction:

Diogenes was the shit.  He was easily one of the best philosophers ever.  He made himself the least wealthy person, hence living in a “Barrel”.  He also, upon seeing a child drinking from a river with his hands, smashed his only wooden bowl claiming to be “Bested by a child”.  He did public stunts to make a point towards customs and norms including eating in the marketplace in Athens which was generally not acceptable.  When Plato described humans as “Featherless Bipeds” he plucked a chicken and brought it to him, saying “here’s your man”.  Plato changed that description to “Featherless bipeds with arms”.  And here’s where it gets real.Diogenes the Cynic became well known all over.  In fact, Alexander the great, the one man who could have anyone killed just because, went out of his way to find him.  Upon meeting Diogenes, whom was laying on the ground, he said something to the extent of “Ah, the great Diogenes!  Is there anything that I, Alexander the Great, can do you?”.  Diogenes’ response was a crude “Yes, Get out of my sunlight.”But, however, Alexander came back another time, to find Diogenes sifting through a pile of bones.  Alex inquired “Diogenes, what are you doing sifting through that pile of bones?” Diogenes the Cynic responded “I’m trying to distinguish between the bones of your father, and that of a slave.  I cannot tell the difference.”  An insult that any man would want the other beheaded for indeed.  But no, not Alexander.  Alexander went on to later say that if he were not Alexander the Great, he would wish to be Diogenes.Dude’s a motherfuckingbadass.

That, is livin’ what you believe…

shrieking-affliction:

Diogenes was the shit.  He was easily one of the best philosophers ever.  He made himself the least wealthy person, hence living in a “Barrel”.  He also, upon seeing a child drinking from a river with his hands, smashed his only wooden bowl claiming to be “Bested by a child”.  He did public stunts to make a point towards customs and norms including eating in the marketplace in Athens which was generally not acceptable.  When Plato described humans as “Featherless Bipeds” he plucked a chicken and brought it to him, saying “here’s your man”.  Plato changed that description to “Featherless bipeds with arms”.  

And here’s where it gets real.

Diogenes the Cynic became well known all over.  In fact, Alexander the great, the one man who could have anyone killed just because, went out of his way to find him.  Upon meeting Diogenes, whom was laying on the ground, he said something to the extent of “Ah, the great Diogenes!  Is there anything that I, Alexander the Great, can do you?”.  Diogenes’ response was a crude “Yes, Get out of my sunlight.”

But, however, Alexander came back another time, to find Diogenes sifting through a pile of bones.  Alex inquired “Diogenes, what are you doing sifting through that pile of bones?” Diogenes the Cynic responded “I’m trying to distinguish between the bones of your father, and that of a slave.  I cannot tell the difference.”  An insult that any man would want the other beheaded for indeed.  But no, not Alexander.  

Alexander went on to later say that if he were not Alexander the Great, he would wish to be Diogenes.

Dude’s a motherfuckingbadass.

That, is livin’ what you believe…

(Source: stickyembraces, via classicsenthusiast)

———- Korean Transport Ferry Goes Down ———-

I am going to preface my remarks with this, I have spent some time on the water as a merchant mariner so I know a bit about protocol, responsibilities, mates duties, Captains job, etc.

I really can’t find fault with the 3rd Mate being at the helm at the time of the accident *IF* he was rated or licensed to pilot the ferry in those particular waters. *IF NOT*, we have a BIG problem.

I do find fault with the “stay in place” command, it was time to get on deck and head towards lifeboats-that is, if there are enough lifeboats rated to carry passenger load, apparently not on this ferry-criminal act if you ask me.

No call to abandon ship, why not? This is a big problem, but I may have an answer for this. Which leads me to what really has my ass frosted about this.

The Captain.

This frackin’ coward is now being reported to be one of the first people to abandon the ship, AND this son-of-a-bitch jumped in one of the few lifeboats. Now that business about “going down with the ship” is movie and book stuff. However Captain Numbnuts should have been the last or very close to last man off.

My guess is we are going to find out that when Captain Courageous jumped ship discipline went right overboard with him, and all hell broke loose … and whoever was left to call for the “abandon ship” order had already jumped or there was big panic and order was just not made.

The Captain should go to jail, but on the way there I hope he has to spend time locked in a room with some parents of all those lost high school kids-justice served.

Special circle of Hell awaits for this guy, I hope.

msg:

When You’re Standing at the Crossroads of Should and Must — Advice on pursuing your passion from @elleluna https://medium.com/p/90c75eb7c5b0

Well thought out and great food for thought, highly recommend.

msg:

When You’re Standing at the Crossroads of Should and Must — Advice on pursuing your passion from @elleluna https://medium.com/p/90c75eb7c5b0

Well thought out and great food for thought, highly recommend.

It’s now very common now to hear people say, ‘I’m rather offended by that,’ as if it gives them certain rights; it’s actually nothing more … it’s simply a whine. It’s no more than a whine.
‘I find that offensive,’ it has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase.
‘I am offended by that,’ . . . well so fucking what?

—Stephen Fry

I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort and disappointment and perseverance.

—Vincent Van Gogh

We’re not ordinary people, we’re morons.

—Curly Howard

awww, he’s just happy to see her, or maybe it’s just not a St. Bernard kinda rescue

awww, he’s just happy to see her, or maybe it’s just not a St. Bernard kinda rescue

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Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not here; I did not die.

—Mary Elizabeth Frye

"You see, before he came down here, it never snowed. And afterwards, it did. If he weren’t up there now… I don’t think it would be snowing. Sometimes you can still catch me dancing in it."

What a great movie

(Source: vintagegal, via philknowsbest)

phoenixaskani:

I think this accurately depicts my experience with the internet tonight.

Life of a Tumblr’r   .  .   . just another day

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