“The point is, there is no feasible excuse for what are, for what we have made of ourselves. We have chosen to put profits before people, money before morality, dividends before decency, fanaticism before fairness, and our own trivial comforts before the unspeakable agonies of others” ― Iain M. Banks, Complicity
“For, like almost everyone else in our country, I started out with my share of optimism. I believed in hard work and progress and action, but now, after first being 'for' society and then 'against' it, I assign myself no rank or any limit, and such an attitude is very much against the trend of the times. But my world has become one of infinite possibilities. What a phrase - still it's a good phrase and a good view of life, and a man shouldn't accept any other; that much I've learned underground. Until some gang succeeds in putting the world in a strait jacket, its definition is possibility.” ― Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
"The law doesn't protect people, people protect the law." -Tsunemori Akane from Psycho-Pass "Freedom is something that you need to actively acquire. It's not something that's given with no strings attached. To be free means to take responsibility, and to prepare yourself for what's to come." - Charles Beams from Eureka Seven
"It is not that we have no heart or eyes for pain. We are all afraid. We all have our miseries. But to despair is to wish for something already lost. Or to prolong what is already unbearable." from the Joy Luck Club
Hey guys! We're back this month with a month-long study piece. We're going to be focusing on WWII and on how in two instances on opposite sides of the world, unspeakable crimes were committed against fellow human beings with little thought from its perpetrators. We're going to explore how morality can be suspended and thought hijacked and how we can prevent another Holocaust from happening. To do that, we are going to look at Germany and Japan during WWII and also discuss some ways in which our psychology renders us vulnerable to this sort of mass hypnosis. Hopefully, you will begin to recognise the signs of such hatred and intolerance today and not fall prey to the ever-insistent river of fear.
“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.” -Thomas Jefferson
I remember the very first time I met the Future. I was six years old, and he made his presence known to me when he approached me to ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And I told him, “A princess.” And then I changed my answer to, “An archaeologist.” But... Continue Reading →
"We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better." - Mitt Romney
"Get out from under your house, from your cave, from your car, from the place you feel safe, from the place that you are. Get out and go running, go funning, go wild. Get out from under your head and get growing, dear child."
“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” -Desmond Tutu "A dolphin gon shake his fin, regardless if he gets in Or out of water, most important thing for him is to swim And Flipper didn’t hold his nose, so why shall I hold my tongue?" - Andre 3000, Sixteen
"Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back." "The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb." "Jack of all trades, master of none, though oftentimes better than master of one." "Great minds think alike, but fools seldom differ." "Carpe Diem, Quam Minimum Credula Postero." (Seize the day, put very little trust in tomorrow.)
It's been a year since Outlet came into being and we just want to say Happy New Years. It's been an eventful year and several irreversible changes have taken place in the world. Outlet hasn't been active for a lot of 2017 but we've always been keenly aware of the changes in the world. As... Continue Reading →