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It's extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts. Perhaps it's just as well; and it may be that it is this very dullness that makes life to the incalculable majority so supportable and so welcome.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)
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Not everybody, Joseph, not everybody.
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What a coincidence! That same dullness makes life even more supportable and welcome for the incalculable minority aka the mighty of this world...
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AS BEN FRANKLIN SAID WHEN IN LOVE KEEP YOUR EYES WIDE OPEN WHEN MARRIED KEEP YOUR HALF SHUT
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Interesting explanation, Mr. Conrad. Thanks... It's not only extraordinary but also mystical as well in supporting life! These are like, wrote James, "states of insight into depths of truth unplumbed by the discursive intellect." According to James, mystical states have two characteristics in common: ineffability -- that is, they defy expression, so that no adequate report of their content can be given in words; and a noetic quality -- that is, they seem to those who experience them to be states of knowledge.

~ William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience (New York: Mentor, 1958) pp. 292-294


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If Mr. Conrad could only see modern society, he would double down on his insight. Technology and specifically social media has only increased the dullness, lack of perception, and lack of interest in much of anything beyond one's own immediate gratification. Entertainment is the new opiate of the masses. It leads to others telling us what to think and defining our core values. And these values change with the prevailing winds of public opinion, whatever it happens to be this week, generally defined by talking heads on TV who haven't done any legitimate thinking for themselves either.
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This quote is in coincidence with June 27 (Agatha Christie). Does such selection represents the moods of their selector? Cheer up, chum Angel .
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It's a very inspiring quote...Applause (applause)
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JMV wrote:
If Mr. Conrad could only see modern society, he would double down on his insight. Technology and specifically social media has only increased the dullness, lack of perception, and lack of interest in much of anything beyond one's own immediate gratification. Entertainment is the new opiate of the masses. It leads to others telling us what to think and defining our core values. And these values change with the prevailing winds of public opinion, whatever it happens to be this week, generally defined by talking heads on TV who haven't done any legitimate thinking for themselves either.


Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause That definitely deserves applause.

We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
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Here the context from : Lord Jim

CHAPTER 13

'After these words, and without a change of attitude, he, so to speak, submitted himself passively to a state of silence. I kept him company; and suddenly, but not abruptly, as if the appointed time had arrived for his moderate and husky voice to come out of his immobility, he pronounced, "Mon Dieu! how the time passes!" Nothing could have been more commonplace than this remark; but its utterance coincided for me with a moment of vision. It's extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts. Perhaps it's just as well; and it may be that it is this very dullness that makes life to the incalculable majority so supportable and so welcome. Nevertheless, there can be but few of us who had never known one of these rare moments of awakening when we see, hear, understand ever so much — everything — in a flash — before we fall back again into our agreeable somnolence.

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