"She", Green Day - Dookie : 1994
"Breaking the Girl", Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik : 1991
Drinking water in zero gravity
"Value should never be confused with merit. Merit may be used to describe a thing’s intrinsic quality, but value is a relationship, the quotient of intrinsic quality mediated by certain external conditions. An antique porcelain vase may be in perfect shape, but may also be a poor value when priced over $1,000,000 or if available due to criminal enterprise. The vase when offered for sale in a downtrodden shop, rather than by a premier auction house, may be chronically neglected and only accorded value by a discerning passerby who, in distinguishing the merit of the thing from the indignity of its circumstances, appraises the vase at many multiples its current assessment."
"Reflections of a vast and empty universe, one devoid of providence, and with neither an element of a priori justice nor any hint of interest in human affairs, is not, all by itself, a cause for alarm, or a reason sufficient to variously throw up our hands in despair or to throw down our sense of decency. To consider a universe starkly empty is to consider meaning in uniquely human terms, and a meaningful life in terms which we, ourselves, create, and for which we, alone, are intimately responsible. To consider our lot in these terms is to reflect that the meaning in our lives is not absolute or preordained, it is something imbued, at great pains, by the individual, his freedom, and the exertion of his will. Let us therefore resist the easy narcotic of a life where “everything happens for a reason”, and soberly resolve to find those reasons best fitting the evidence of an experience indelibly human, to be authors of our own selves, and to unfetter ourselves of those inherited narratives manufactured to shield our gentle eyes from the starkness of an empty universe, narratives which deaden our critical faculties, and leave us weak, submissive, and unoriginal.”
I would kneel before this man.
"It is a misunderstanding of war to equate it with harm and destruction. There is an implicit state of war whenever and wherever two or more parties do not share an ultimate sympathy and real combat when and where they do not extend to one another elemental courtesies. In this regard, war can be deftly waged in silence, with unkind gestures as mortar shells, with impatience, all by itself, an affront to human decency abhorred by the Geneva Conventions. To use harsh tones or assume a hostile mien is to take up arms and to ultimately sign off on the casualties and deprivation a shooting war demands. War, whether interpersonal or military, stipulates social, cultural, and existential costs. Lest we become barbarians, impervious to a life reasonably well lived, let us reflect gravely on those costs before concluding that someone or some state is no longer amenable to civility and negotiation."