"We must reckon with the fact that pop culture really likes to be agreeable along with its thrills. It likes to say yes, and makes endless conciliations to do so. It is safer to say yes. Yes can be deeply pleasurable. History is made by those who say no."
The trouble with pop. Or, as Bertrand Russell put it in his 10 timeless commandments for learning and life, “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
Pair with this illuminating read on why being universally liked ensures mediocrity, not greatness.
(HT The Paris Review)
Kalopsia: it’s a condition wherein things appear more beautiful than it actually are.
(Source: livinginmusic, via makes-jack-a-dull-boy)
why does this make me feel mad
Because he’s considered powerful, and she’s considered a whore.
(Source: the-best-shy-i-can-be, via makes-jack-a-dull-boy)
"Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape."
- Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (via wordsnquotes)