"…torture is not an isolated incident. Rather it is an institution, a practice, a collective endeavor that requires planning and organization. Defenders of torture often defend a widespread practice of purely vicious evil by reference to a single imaginary incident in which it would make sense to torture someone. Imagine, they say, that you knew for certain (as of course you would not) that many people were about to be killed unless a particular person revealed something. Imagine you were certain (as of course you would not be) that you had found that person. Imagine that contrary to accumulated wisdom you believed the best way to elicit the information was through torture, and that you were sure (as of course you would not be) that the information would be revealed, that it would be accurate (nobody EVER lies under torture), and that it would prevent the greater tragedy (and not just delay it or move it), with no horrible side-effects or lasting results. Then, in that impossible scenario, wouldn’t you agree to torture the person?"
— Torture Is Mainstream Now (via kenyatta)
"You are more than words
and the letters that make them,
you are poetry."
— Daily Haiku on Love by Tyler Knott Gregson (via tylerknott)
I know it’s almost always a bad idea to read the comments… but I feel the need to share the one I just came across. Because ridiculous.
"I gave up on reading Harry Potter because I was fed up of being lectured and patronized by JK Rowling and her insufferably haughty tone. I mean, the sheer amount of characters is unnecessary. It’s like she is competing with Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow to stuff as many people between the covers as possible and thus creating a revolting literary orgy in the process. The plot involving a professor grooming his male student is lifted straight out of Nabokov’s Lolita but with a perverse homosexual slant in a desperate attempt to top the vulgarity of Nabokov’s controversial original.
She uses these big fancy words that I’m convinced she just made up. She uses these words as if they were everyday language almost as if she wants to trick me into looking them up in the dictionary so she can pop out and shout smugly ‘see, they are words’. But I won’t, i shan’t give her the pleasure. The characters have these magic powers which I’m sure are meant to be metaphors but she gives us no clue as to what the metaphor means. What is it meant to mean when a frustrated adolescent whips out his wand and wiggles it about until luminous white lights start spraying out of it? I’ll never know. These books are as impenetrable as Finnegans Wake.”