The black sky was underpinned with long silver streaks that looked like scaffolding and depth on depth behind it were thousands of stars that all seemed to be moving very slowly as if they were about some vast construction work that involved the whole universe and would take all time to complete. No one was paying attention to the sky.
— Flannery O’Connor, from Wise Blood. (via edmadrid)
The radicalism of the 1967 speech didn’t just extend to Vietnam. King called for the U.S. to ‘undergo a radical revolution of values,’ saying that ‘we must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society.’ He continued:
‘When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered… A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.’
A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that’s just how the world will come to an end: to general applause from wits who believe it’s a joke.
— Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or, Part I (via sophiaphile)