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Freedom

Freedom is not a constant attribute which we either “have” or “have not.” In fact, there is no such thing as “freedom” except as a word and an abstract concept.

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Is this how we are?

Our whole culture is based on the appetite for buying, on the idea of a mutually favorable exchange. …. For the man an attractive girl – and for the woman an attractive man – are the prizes they are after.

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think yourself

The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same form of mental pathology does not make these people sane

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What does one person give to another?

He gives of himself, of the most precious he has, he gives of his life. This does not necessarily mean that he sacrifices his life for the other – but that he gives him of that which is alive in him; he gives him of his joy, of his interest, of his understanding, of his knowledge, of his humor, of his sadness — of all expressions and manifestations of that which is alive in him.

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Nationalism / Patriotism

Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our
insanity. ‘Patriotism’ is its cult… Just as love for one
individual which excludes the love for others is not love,

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Interpersonal union

The unity achieved in productive work is not interpersonal;
the unity achieved in orgiastic fusion is transitory;
the unity achieved by conformity is only pseudo-unity. …
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settle down and gain yourself

Looking for the next thing to do or the newest gadget to use is only a means of protecting oneself from being close to oneself or to another person.

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