So instead of loving what you think is peace, love others and love God above all. And instead of hating the people you think are warmakers, hate the appetites and the disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed—but hate these things in yourself, not in another.
—Thomas Merton (HT Experimental Theology)
It is fashionable to suggest that cyberspace is some kind of “island of the blessed” where people are free to indulge and express their individuality….this is not true….I have seen many people spill out their guts on-line, and I did so myself until I began to see that I had commodified myself. Commodification means that you turn something into a product which has a money-value. In the nineteenth century, commodities were made in factories….by workers who were mostly exploited. But I created my interior thoughts as commodities for the corporations that owned the board I was posting to….like Compuserve or AOL….and that commodity was then sold on to other consumer entities as entertainment. That means that I sold my soul like a tennis shoe and I derived no profit from the sale of my soul….Cyberspace is a black hole. It absorbs energy and personality and then re-presents it as an emotional spectacle.
—Carmen Hermosillo (via stillunusual)