The Absolute is the night, and the light is younger than it; and the distinction between them, like the emergence of the light out of the night, is an absolute difference –the nothing is the first out of which all being, all the manifoldness of the finite has emerged. The task of philosophy, however, consists in uniting these presuppositions: to posit being in non-being, as becoming; to posit dichotomy in the Absolute, as its appearance; to posit the finite in the infinite, as life.

G. W. F. Hegel, The Difference Between Fichte’s and Schelling’s Systems of Philosophy (1801)

Under the present brutal and primitive conditions on this planet, every person you meet should be regarded as one of the walking wounded. We have never seen a man or woman not slightly deranged by either anxiety or grief. We have never seen a totally sane human being.

Robert Anton Wilson (via nirvikalpa)