Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

Things (we don’t like to admit to ourselves).  §

© Aron Hsiao / 2007
  • All good intentions have at their core a totalitarian impulse.
  • Every judgment that we make in social life consists almost entirely of snake oil.
  • Snake oil is the primary lubricant of every sphere of modernity—the market, the state, the church, the community.
  • The road to hell is paved with good intentions. But the road paved with good deeds also leads to hell, as does the road paved with bad deeds. This is because in human life, all roads lead to hell.
  • This is the more honest way of saying that “all human life is suffering.”
  • Hell is not actually as bad as people make it out to be. In fact, it’s required for happiness—because it’s required for redemption.
  • Redemption, not love or hate, is the core human impulse. This is what is meant by “original sin.”
  • In the end, we are all going the same way. We will have changed precious little, and there is precious little that we can change.
  • The romance of the library lies in solidarity—in the fact that it is entirely a catalogue of unperfected stories and their unfinished final resting points.
  • Fall comes every year while we are alive. It came every year before we were born, since time immemorial. Once we are dead, it continues to come every year without us, forever.
  • Every single fallen leaf, snowflake, and grain of sand precisely is as special as we are.

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