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  • Rafael shared from Beauty: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Roger Scruton
    As soon as another person becomes important to us, so that we feel in our lives the gravitational pull of his existence, we are to a certain extent astonished by his individuality. From time to time we pause in his presence, and allow the incomprehensible fact of his being in the world to dawn on us. And if we love him and trust him, and feel the comfort of his companionship, then our sentiment, in these moments, is like the sentiment of beauty—a pure endorsement of the other, whose soul shines in his face and gestures as beauty shines in a work of art.
  • Rafael shared from Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Thomas Flynn
    The person who avoids choice, who becomes a mere face in the crowd or cog in the bureaucratic machine, has failed to become authentic. So we can now describe the person who lives his or her life as ‘they’ command or expect as being inauthentic.
  • Rafael shared from Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Thomas Flynn
    Existence precedes essence. What you are (your essence) is the result of your choices (your existence) rather than the reverse. Essence is not destiny. You are what you make yourself to be.
  • Rafael shared from Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Colin Ward
    Capitalism roams the globe, seeking the least protected labour market and the least protected physical environment, in order to stimulate, and to win, an ever-growing market for its goods. It describes this process as ‘consumer sovereignty’ and thus evades any responsibility for its ruthless exploitation of poor people and weak economies. The richer we are, the more we are inclined to shrug off our share of this responsibility.
  • Rafael shared from Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Colin Ward
    ‘Freedom without socialism,’ he said, ‘is privilege and injustice, but socialism without freedom is slavery and brutality.’