"He was in the hospital from the middle of Lent till after Easter. When he was better, he remembered the dreams he had had while he was feverish and delirious. He dreamt that the whole world was condemned to a terrible new strange plague that had come to Europe… All were to be destroyed except a very few chosen. Some new sorts of microbes were attacking the bodies of men, but these microbes were endowed with intelligence and will. Men attacked by them became at once mad and furious. But never had men considered themselves so intellectual and so completely in possession of the truth as these sufferers, never had they considered their decisions, their scientific conclusions, their moral convictions so infallible. Whole villages, whole towns and peoples went mad from the infection. All were excited and did not understand one another. Each thought that he alone had the truth and was wretched looking at the others, beat himself on the breast, wept, and wrung his hands. They did not know how to judge and could not agree what to consider evil and what good; they did not know whom to blame, whom to justify. Men killed each other in a sort of senseless spite. They gathered together in armies against one another, but even on the march the armies would begin attacking each other, the ranks would be broken and the soldiers would fall on each other, stabbing and cutting, biting and devouring each other. The alarm bell was ringing all day long in the towns; men rushed together, but why they were summoned and who was summoning them no one knew. The most ordinary trades were abandoned, because every one proposed his own ideas, his own improvements, and they could not agree. The land too was abandoned. Men met in groups, agreed on something, swore to keep together, but at once began on something quite different from what they had proposed. They accused one another, fought and killed each other. There were conflagrations and famine. All men and all things were involved in destruction. The plague spread and moved further and further. Only a few men could be saved in the whole world. They were a pure chosen people, destined to found a new race and a new life, to renew and purify the earth, but no one had seen these men, no one had heard their words and their voices."

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment.
Raskolnikov’s final dream.

"The problem with experts is that they do not know what they do not know."

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (via blacktout)

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All those killed in the current Gaza crisis

This chart from the Washington Post shows every person who has died in the current escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as of July 21. Even though the tolls have tragically risen to at least 639 Palestinian and 31 Israeli deaths — meaning that 147 Palestinians and four Israelis have died in the past two days of fighting — what this chart still clearly shows is that the lion’s share of the casualties were Palestinian civilians. According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights’ data, more than 25% of them were children.

And it will probably continue

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Lucinda Williams
I Lost it
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road

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The struggle is real. Feeling that burn.

"She looked at nice young men as if she could smell their stupidity."

Flannery O’Connor

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Gillian Welch
Revelator
Time (The Revelator) LP

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"I think the music just kind of guides you."

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"Bless your persecutors; never curse them, bless them. Rejoice with others when they rejoice, and be sad with those in sorrow."

St. Paul, Romans 12.14-15. NJB

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Our Lady of the Wall, Bethlehem

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