...but Christ will shine forever

(Rachel Moran talks about an inconvenient truth that today’s proponents of prostitution can’t get around: prostitution turns people into commodities.)

The attempt to frame prostitution as ‘sexual self-determination’ simply doesn’t hold up, because our decisions were not sexual, they were economic.

— Rachel Moran, Paid For

No society can last in conditions of anarchy. This is self-evident and I am in full agreement. But my aim is not the establishment of an anarchist society or the total destruction of the state. Here I differ from anarchists. I do not believe that it is possible to destroy the modern state. It is pure imagination to think that some day this power will be overthrown. From a pragmatic standpoint there is no chance of success. Furthermore, I do not believe that anarchist doctrine is the solution to the problem of organization in society and government. I do not think that if anarchism were to succeed we should have a better or more livable society. Hence I am not fighting for the triumph of this doctrine.
On the other hand, it seems to me that an anarchist attitude is the only one that is sufficiently radical in the face of a general statist system.

— Jacques Ellul, The Ethics of Freedom

For when man is faced with a curse he answers, "I'll take care of my problems." And he puts everything to work to become powerful, to keep the curse from having its effects. He creates the arts and the sciences, he raises an army, he constructs chariots, he builds cities. The spirit of might is a response to the divine curse.

— Jacques Ellul, The Meaning of the City

No matter what God's power may be, the first aspect of God is never that of the absolute Master, the Almighty. It is that of the God who puts himself on our human level and limits himself.

— Jacques Ellul, Anarchy & Christianity

To be able to hurt others with impunity—for instance to pass our anger on to an inferior who is obliged to be silent—is to spare ourselves from an expenditure of energy, an expenditure which the other person will have to make. It is the same in the case of the unlawful satisfaction of any desire. The energy we economize in this way is immediately debased.

— Simone Weil, Gravity & Grace
The source of man’s moral energy is outside him, like that of his physical energy (food, air etc.). He generally finds it, and that is why he has the illusion—as on the physical plane—that his being carries the principle of its preservation within itself. Privation alone makes him feel his need. And, in the event of privation, he cannot help turning to anything whatever which is edible.

— Simone Weil, Gravity & Grace
A man who has declared that another is an idiot and a bad companion, is angry when the latter eventually proves himself to be otherwise.
— Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human
She stands in the middle alone in her shame
Though bathed in the sunlight she lives in the shade
The others draw near her to curse and to blame
Unleashing a torrent, a vicious tirade.

She looks to the ground to flee the cold stares
Her ears yet still privy to callous intent
Such public unveiling is too much to bear
Her soul torn asunder, her standing now rent

The end is upon her, a stone’s throw away
Just one test remains, but this one’s for Him
“The Law says to slay her, so what do you say?";
She’s seen all the others, her chances are slim.

He bends down before her and scrawls in the dirt
Stoops down to her level and comes into sight
With one simple question her death he averts
Invites her henceforth now to live in the light.

The others have vanished, the shadow recedes
“Has no one condemned you?", the question resounds
So tender his manner, his words meet her need
For each speaks of mercy and love that abounds.

The reason he stands there with grace in his heart
Is wholly dependent on what he extends
The true hand of friendship that gives a fresh start
And takes on his person to make the amends.
It is a total myth that man is by nature curious and truth-hungry and wants, above all things, to know. Given certain recognized senses of ‘to know,’ there is in fact a great deal of stuff we do not want to know. Evidence for this is the enormous number of very basic questions and issues we do not want to think about abstractly.

— David Foster Wallace, Everything and More
It is no virtue to be agnostic where God would have us certain.

— David Field