We construct the history of our wisdom by burying our foolishness in the endnotes.

Michael Chabon

It is best not to go on great quests for the truth; it will only make you miserable.

Rene Descartes

Time seems in endless supply until it isn't.

Anonymous

Just because you can't do something right now doesn't mean you can't think about it or contemplate it for later.

The Greek

We're living in an Emperor-Has-No-Clothes world, where all the educated people are unable to see what's going on. A child has to tell them. Too bad we send all the children to school where they end up like the adults - but maybe if we ask a toddler?

The Arkon and The Greek

Engineers say sound is a “wave”, but a “wave” is a motion, not an object. If I’m waving at you, that’s an action I'm performing. You can't just say sound is a "wave". A wave of what?

The Greek

Things remain a secret in plain sight because people are so used to the lies in their culture that it doesn't bother them when the global deceptions reach new heights.

The Greek

The mindset required to look at the truth is very different from what you've been carrying around in your day-to-day life.

The Greek

If the truth shall kill them, are we wrong to let them die?

The Arkon

This is the inevitable fate of the sentimentalist. All his opinions change into their opposites at the first brush of reality.

George Orwell

The way we do things in society is garbage, so you won’t arrive at any understanding without a higher vantage point.

The Greek

Repeating what the authorities say isn’t the same as speaking with authority. It’s just parroting.

The Greek

If you believe in the truth, it makes an island out of you, and no-one likes being alone on an island.

The Greek

The truth is a snare; you cannot have it without being caught. In other words, you cannot catch it. Rather, it catches you.

Søren Kierkegaard

We will gradually become indifferent to what goes on in the minds of other people when we learn about the superficial nature of their thoughts.

Arthur Schopenhauer

This will be remembered as the society that had access to everything, yet threw it all away. And even if a few smart people choose to be act differently, that wouldn't change the overall evaluation of a wasteful society.

The Greek

I don’t need first-hand experience to understand everything. The reason I still have my fingers is because I know it’s dangerous to stick them in a blender. The fool needs first-hand experience, but the wise uses discernment to see the truth.

The Greek

People don’t even know what to inquire about.

The Greek

Fortunately, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of public violence.

Oscar Wilde

The world is an omelet, and the lives of mass society are the eggs.

The Arkon

You're not educated unless you're self-educated.

The Greek

I know it's not popular, but what’s wrong with striving for some precision and accuracy in your perception of things?

The Greek

Saying you can tell the future by looking at what’s online is like saying you know all about cows by analyzing the grass they eat. Actually, the latter is more informative.

The Greek

No-one understands the human heart who doesn't recognize its vast capacity for illusions, even when these are contrary to its interests.

John Gray

If you're not efficient with what you've been given, you'll end up losing what you have.

The Greek

Some people love to talk about nothing. It's the only thing they know anything about.

Oscar Wilde

The heart pumps blood? Really? So what pumps the heart? 

The Greek

Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth

Mike Tyson

There's no inoffensive way of asking, "Have you considered that you've wasted your whole life?"

The Arkon

If you want to know what’s really going on in the world, follow the money. If the money is flowing to advertising and insurance rather than artists or journalists, then society is more concerned with manipulation and misfortune than ideas, or truth.

Jaron Lanier

Having become a mindless tool, the stupid person becomes capable of any evil, whilst also being incapable of seeing that it's evil.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

How do we gain better discernment? By using it more often.

The Greek

Where have all the masters gone?

The Arkon

Because of TV and the Internet, you're basically inviting people into your house that you'd never open the door for normally.

Anonymous

Even if all possible "scientific" questions be answered, the problems of life have still not been touched at all.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

You cannot convince a man of the truth so long as his salary depends on him not knowing the truth

John Maynard Keynes

Is it unreasonable to dedicate a decade of work to understand only a smidgen of the truth? No, it’s not.

The Greek

Science is just faith that the future will be like the past.

Firas Zahabi

There’s a new story every week that dominates public attention, so you only get a narrow view of things. It’s like looking at the ground while walking. How do you expect to see anything?

The Greek

This is a time of censorship, stupidity and evil. It's a society where the underworld is primary, and what they call the "real world" is secondary.

The Greek

You interpret reality, you don't create it. That's why every specie of animal sees a different reality.

The Arkon

They say life is like a game of chess...but most people don't know how to play chess.

The Arkon

When people say their goal in life is to be happy, what they're actually telling you is that they're miserable.

John Gray

Do you really want to sift through the faeces that is humanity, looking for a dime? If I knew I’d find a diamond, then maybe yeah, but for a dime…

The Greek

Where should you go to get the truth? Nowhere. It's been right in front of you the whole time. You just refused to acknowledge it.

The Greek

Politics are just a shell. The real motivations lie underneath.

Tom McTague

If half the world just helped one person, wouldn't that take care of the other half?

The Greek

Society suffers from a vacuum of leadership. We revere celebrities and corporate titans, but when it comes to knowledge and wisdom, we get no direction.

The Arkon

People still think the truth is a religious, academic or philosophical matter. They either “like it” or they “don’t like it”. Honestly, it’s just better they don’t understand any of it.

The Greek

People like to say that "life is a journey", but even if that's true, it doesn't mean that you're the driver. Sorry.

The Arkon

There’s a very fine line between understanding something, and thinking you understand something.

The Greek

The truth is not a matter of "faith", yet most people treat their holy texts as artifacts of faith. If you “believe”, then it’s real, and if you don’t believe, it’s not. None of it has to be substantiated.

The Greek

Any foolish boy can stamp on a beetle, but all the professors in the world cannot make a beetle.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Some people can't taste their food very well because they're already attached to their current palate. All food is either "good" or "bad" to them because they haven't developed any nuance in evaluating it.

The Greek

There are primarily two types of evil in the world: Physical Evil, like rape and murder, and Intellectual Evil, like deceit and close-mindedness.

The Arkon

Because people don't have an objective approach to reality, they have to be stimulated and guided through advertising, marketing and propaganda.

The Arkon

Saying that the universe came from an explosion in space is like saying that Webster's dictionary came from an explosion in a printing factory.

The Greek

The success lies not in selling the washing machine, but the soap.

The Greek

The only serious enterprise is understanding the world around you, your place in it, and how to optimize your choices within that place.

The Arkon

In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded. Yeah right.

Terry Pratchet

If the human brain was simple enough for scientists to understand, they would still be so clueless that they wouldn't understand it.

The Greek

Simplicity is an intellectual achievement, and one of the greatest at that.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

If the news is fake, imagine how bad history must be.

Anonymous

In order to talk about certain things, you have to abandon everything you think you know about the subject to examine it more practically. Can you do that?

The Greek

What is the quality of your inner monologue?

The Arkon

In order to become wealthy, you have to manage the machinations of the world they way they demand.

The Greek

The reason we prefer to think well of others is that we're afraid of what being critical of them implies about ourselves. The basis of much optimism is self-preservation.

The Arkon

Who rules your life? The ones who you can't criticize.

Anonymous

The educated person is one who knows how to find out what he doesn't know.

George Simmel

Gather all the most vile conspiracy theories you can find, and reality is still worse than that - it’s like the difference between the public Internet and the Dark Web.

The Greek

How many new ways will we find of dressing up our refusal to notice the obvious?

The Arkon

Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world,

Jean-Luc Godard

The contrast to what people think is going on and what’s really going on is so huge that you can’t talk about it publicly.

The Greek

Any subject can be broached, but what is the quality of the conversation concerning it? That’s the real question.

The Greek

Anyone who claims to have answers to the big questions in life is laughed at, whilst the man who claims that he doesn't know the answers is considered great.

The Greek

There’s plenty of places to get information, but what’s the state of your mindset?

The Greek

Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them. The purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.

Arthur Schopenhauer

People say they want to know the truth, but when you tell it to them and they don’t like it, they decide that it’s no good.

The Greek

If someone received instruction on a subject, but walked away feeling confused, it’s the instructors fault.

The Greek

Certain things can't be learned by hearing them only once.

The Arkon

I'd rather be a stupid person wanting answers to be wiser than be a stupid person who blindly believes the lies they're told.

Shannon L. Alder

Fundamentally, there are two opposing forces in the universe: One is implosive, which is contractive, cooling and condensing. The other is explosive which is expansive, heating and decomposing.

The Greek

People can’t see anything clearly for all the cultural and ideological perceptions that have invaded their minds. Can you transcend that?

The Greek

It is pleasant to have command even over a flock of sheep, and that is why politicians raise their banners.

Sancho Panza

The things people consider problematic are actually not. It’s the things they don’t know exist that are the real problems; the things they won’t even acknowledge.

The Greek

Is there a conspiracy? Yes. Is it obvious? Of course. Does it matter? No. Why? Because of cosmic censorship.

The Greek

Men are most likely to believe what they least understand,

Michel De Montaigne

Why is ignorance bliss? Because the potential for an ignorant person to be happy is greater than for a knowledgeable person. That's how bad the truth is.

The Arkon

You cannot be objective without having command over your emotions. Can you maneuver on an icy road without the required driving skills and focus? Of course not.

The Greek

The things that have been hidden from you are the things they're going to use against you later.

The Greek

We no more solve the riddle of death by dying than we solve the problem of living by being born

Henry Sidgwick

The higher the quality of your food, the higher the quality of your life

The Greek

Pop culture and real history don’t mix. If you’re into one, you’ll be averse to the other.

The Greek

You’re born naked and die naked, which means all you have is time. So if anyone says, “I don’t have time for that”, what they really mean is, “I don’t know how to manage my time for that”.

The Greek

If you can't even define what "stupidity" is, how can you claim to know what "knowledge" or "wisdom" is?

The Arkon

The most evil people on Earth are highly intelligent yet incredibly foolish. That's why they're evil.

Ken Wheeler

No matter how much money you have or how hard you work, you'll get to point where things change from being performance-based to favor-based.

The Arkon

Why has the increase in technological advances had an inverse effect on the intelligence of humanity? Hmmm.

The Greek

Some problems are too difficult for specialists, and must be left to amateurs.

Anonymous

They promised you that your dreams could come true, but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams too.

Oscar Wilde

You should depart from fools because there's no rationale to deal with them. What could you possibly say to them without compromising the integrity of your message? Nothing.

The Arkon and The Greek

Most people are so censored that everything they do has to be emotional. It's all about how it makes them feel, not what's happening objectively.

The Greek

Could "stupidity" be a condition created by accepting falsehoods, after which one's thinking becomes resistant to amendment?

The Arkon

Sometimes the most important discipline is anti-discipline. What if the things you knew before were wrong and now you need to undo them? Can you do that?

The Greek

What good is it to expect a fish to climb a tree? In other words, some people are limited by their very nature to being incapable of certain things.

The Greek

The machine doesn't care about you - it just needs fuel. And if you can't provide it, someone else will.

Anonymous

Ants know more about their society than humans do.

The Greek

If you cannot think well, others will do your thinking for you.

Oscar Wilde

Mankind has allowed themselves to be deceived about the most objective things.

The Greek

Because of your hard-coded sensibilities, you'll always be censored to certain things, even when they're right in front of you. So you should learn how to examine that.

The Greek

People love false hope.

The Greek

If you don’t think pop culture is structured by PR companies and marketing firms, you need to start doing better research.

The Greek

Greekspeak is poison to most people because it doesn’t accommodate the prevailing mindset in society.

The Greek

When someone makes an empty statement like “Make America Great Again”, and gets elected President without even specifying what “great” means, you should be afraid for your welfare in a society like that.

The Greek

Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy than evil. At least evil contains the germ of its own subversion by leaving behind a sense of unease. But against stupidity we are defenseless.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Words that long ago lost their original meaning continue to dominate mankind through the centuries.

Emma Goldman

Is there something wrong with you as a person, or with the structure of society? Both.

The Arkon

Communication without clarity is just static - the interruption of silence.

The Arkon

The only way "everyone knows" something is if someone has a vested interest in making sure "everyone knows" it.

The Arkon

Of course Hollywood can’t make good movies anymore. It’s because of the audience they’re accommodating - that’s why the movies are crap.

The Greek

It's possible to fail in many ways, but to succeed in only a few. This is because evil belongs to the class of the unlimited, whilst good to that of the limited,

Aristotle

Organic food doesn't speak well of society because it means people have allowed their regular food to become so toxified that corporations have to offer market solutions through organic food.

The Greek

Mankind is made of two kinds of people: wise people who know they're fools, and fools who think they're wise.

Anonymous

The higher the criminality being addressed, the harsher the language that has to deployed against it.

The Greek

Is opinion and ideology really something you want to lean on? I'm not saying it should be ignored, but it's going to break if you lean on it.

The Greek

If you knew the truth, you wouldn’t be here.

The Greek

After the age of 12, most people become automatons. That's why there's an entire subculture called "kids culture" that's meant to prolong that infantile mindset for as long as possible.

The Greek

People are not sufficiently pressured to discover the truth. It makes them uncomfortable because opinions and ideologies are being traded as a popular social currency right now.

The Arkon

Not only are humans blind to the obvious, they're also blind to their blindness.

Anonymous

If you meet someone at the bus stop and bring the truth up, they’ll smile and walk away because it makes no sense to them. But if you bring the same truth up to your family who raised you, they’ll make your life hell. Interesting, isn’t it?

The Greek

If the world wasn't so full of dead people, maybe those of us that are trying to live wouldn't have to suffer so bad.

James Baldwin

Truths are more likely to have been discovered by one man than by nation.

René Descartes

In a world that's been turned on its head, the truth actually becomes a moment of falsehood.

Guy Debord

Nothing changes. The only question is what can you rediscover.

The Arkon

The best camouflage of all is the truth, because no-one ever believes it.

Max Frisch

He who makes himself a worm cannot complain afterwards if people step on him.

Immanuel Kant

Isn't it strange how you won't find any fossils of giraffes? Do you really think those animals are that old? Why aren't these things talked about?

The Greek

An interesting part of being wise is seeing all the evil, ignorant people who claim to know the truth yet are nowhere near it.

Ken Wheeler

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

Søren Kierkegaard

If Trump can invigorate an entire nation to get behind him on the basis of “Make America Great Again”, imagine what would've happened if he said something else, like “Kill all the Europeans”?

The Greek

Society wants you to believe that it’s fine and you’re the one who’s messed up, but it’s the other way around - unless you’ve gone the way of society. Then yeah, you’re the one who’s messed up.

The Greek

If you want to create an uprising in the West, just ban all the entertainment and junk food.

The Greek

Blessed is he who understands the hidden causes of things.

Virgile

It's best people don't know how the world works, or else they'd be like, "Why am I wasting my time on this bullshit profession when I could be doing something that really matters??".

The Greek

The alternative media are just pontificating about bears, but they’ve never seen any bears.

The Greek

The first thing to know about stupidity is that we don't know much about it. Why has there never been any serious academic investigation of this subject that affects all of mankind?

Stupidity: The Movie (2003)

With knowledge, you get the facts, and with wisdom you learn the purpose. Wisdom is when you know what something means, and the implications thereof.

The Greek

If you know there’s a playbook for how the future unfolds, then you'll want to use it to keep up with the coming changes.

The Greek

If you can't make the truth practical in your life, it's not going to be of much use to you outside of running thought experiments in your mind for fun.

The Arkon and The Greek

Outcomes are dictated by subtleties; it's the shape of the river, not the water, that determines its flow. So many subtleties have been put in place for people to accept what's happening in the world, from murder to pedophilia.

The Greek

Tell the truth and then catch fire. That is the philosopher's true task.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Some ideas are too big for people's little heads.

The Arkon

We eat well, drink well, live well, but when we got to sleep, we do not have good dreams. Why is that?

The Arkon

There are many "answers". Hardly any are right, but many of them are definitely wrong.

Ruth Ozeki

"Truth" to the masses is like food for a pig - just another thing to eat. If you prepared a 5-star meal instead of his regular slop, the pig can't tell the difference. So why bother with the fancy meal when slop will do?

The Greek

One day you'll get a message saying "Sorry guys, I have to shut the universe down. This has been a personal project of mine and it's really bogging me down. I apologize for any inconvenience - God

Anonymous

Most people have been rendered incapable of being objective because if they could see things rationally, they’d figure out the truth and the jig would be up.

The Greek

The biggest industry in the world is insurance, which means underwriting liability. So if most of the world's business is based on anticipating misfortune, what does that imply about society?

The Greek

Things are easy once you know how to do them. It’s not magic. Building a watch is simple if you’re familiar with the process. But if you’re not, you might as well give the parts to a monkey and see what happens.

The Greek

Human beings are contradictions. How can a contradiction understand itself?

The Arkon

If you don't know the future, you better get to know someone who does.

The Greek

In private you train your weaknesses. In public you race your strengths.

The Greek

There is a conspiracy so great that no man can go against it

The Arkon

Anti-intellectualism is a thread winding its way through all cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means "my ignorance is as good as your knowledge".

Isaac Asimov

What kind of shock value can a person handle from new information? You have to gauge that before dropping bombs on them.

The Greek

Part of having the proper mindset is about qualitatively discerning between the seen and the unseen.

The Greek

Time is the most valuable thing that we have because it is the most irrevocable.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It’s good to look into things and be inquisitive, but only with the proper mindset if you actually want to get anywhere.

The Greek

Greekspeek isn't about making stuff up or building an audience. If that was the case, I'd be saying, "Listen to me", instead of "Listen to the information".

The Greek

If stupidity was a painful illness, most people would live in the hospital. Oh, wait...

Anonymous

Academics are just undercover thought-police. Their job is to tell you what's okay to believe.

The Greek

The depravity of man is the most empirically verifiable reality, but also the most intellectually resisted fact.

Malcolm Muggeridge

In any field, you have masters like Nikola Tesla or Isaac Newton. Students read a lot about those people, but seldom examine what those masters studied. There’s a big difference there.

The Greek

Maybe if you haven't pondered something enough, you won't be able to speak on it adequately.

The Greek

Life is full of suffering, but we make it worse with our voluntary stupidity and willful blindness.

The Arkon

Knowledge is power in the hands of the doer, not the knower, but you also have to know when to do what.

The Greek

An understanding of the truth is not arrived at through casualness.

The Arkon

Folly is truly its own burden.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Intelligent people learn from every thing and everyone, whilst average people only learn from their experiences. As for the stupid - they already have all the answers, apparently.

Socrates

We may not yet have arrived at the end of human society, but we have certainly arrived at the thought of it.

The Arkon

People refuse to blame themselves for being complicit in the disaster of this world, so they close their eyes to it and blame someone else.

The Arkon

Edison said he tried 1000 times before he got the light-bulb right, but if he'd just done some studying and simple math, he wouldn’t have had to try so many times.

The Greek

Human beings don't know what they are. Isn't that why we have to study ourselves and learn from our experiences?

The Arkon

There are 3 perceptions to be mindful of: the way you see yourself, the way you think others see you, and the way they really see you.

The Greek

Hasn’t the word “offensive” become really offensive lately?

Christopher Hitchens

I'd rather trust the words of an intelligent, honest man than what "everyone knows".

The Arkon

What the world has collectively and unspokenly acquiesced to is that the only purpose of being here is to be here.

The Greek

We haven't been given any options from the lies. The 5 major religions, New Age spiritualism or atheism are most people's only options.

The Arkon and The Greek

The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.

Nikola Tesla

When society starts asking questions that have already been answered, that's a red flag. Good vs evil? What is "love"? Those things were answered thousands of years ago, so why is there no clarity on them now? Uh oh...

The Greek

We are living in a time where leadership is compromised - where individuals are placed in power for their ability to be influenced, not for their merit as leaders.

Dave Martin

There's a million different ways to view something, but only one outcome. So why waste time talking about the possibilities rather than the end result?

The Arkon

Think before you think.

The Arkon

Those who tell the stories rule society,

Anonymous

Without directing your life towards a definite goal, you can't possibly arrange your actions properly. It's impossible to assemble the pieces if you don't have an idea of the whole picture.

Michel De Montaigne

Those whom society can neither govern nor kill, it taxes with madness.

Anonymous

Imagine if you saw in the mirror not your face, but your character? Many people would find that scary.

The Arkon

The only reason to be rich is so you have time to do what you really want to do.

Ken Wheeler

The ignorant vs the super-ignorant. Who will win?

The Arkon

The masses have to be won by propaganda.

Hanna Arendt

Truth has to be repeated constantly because error is being preached all the time, and not just by the few but by the multitudes.

John Wolfgang Goethe

The line between order and disorder lies in the logistics.

Sun Tzu

For most people, there exist no answers to the questions of life, only a set of perplexing ones.

The Arkon

Do those in power expect more from people’s folly than from their wisdom and independence of thought? Of course they do.

The Arkon

Wisdom is even more important than relationships.

Ken Wheeler

My best time spent is uncovering the answers to big questions.

The Arkon

It takes a certain kind of discipline to understand a reality that most people cannot perceive.

The Greek
Greekspeek.com was founded on the suspicion that human society is worth examining and unpacking. The site seeks to rationalize the state of the world and make one more aware of things which are obvious, yet glossed over. See the podcast below and read more here.

     

    Anti-intellectualism is a thread winding its way through all cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means "my ignorance is as good as your knowledge".

    Isaac Asimov

    No-one understands the human heart who doesn't recognize its vast capacity for illusions, even when these are contrary to its interests.

    John Gray

    We are living in a time where leadership is compromised - where individuals are placed in power for their ability to be influenced, not for their merit as leaders.

    Dave Martin

    People refuse to blame themselves for being complicit in the disaster of this world, so they close their eyes to it and blame someone else.

    The Arkon

    People like to say that "life is a journey", but even if that's true, it doesn't mean that you're the driver. Sorry.

    The Arkon

    "Truth" to the masses is like food for a pig - just another thing to eat. If you prepared a 5-star meal instead of his regular slop, the pig can't tell the difference. So why bother with the fancy meal when slop will do?

    The Greek

    My best time spent is uncovering the answers to big questions.

    The Arkon

    The machine doesn't care about you - it just needs fuel. And if you can't provide it, someone else will.

    Anonymous

    The success lies not in selling the washing machine, but the soap.

    The Greek

    Some people love to talk about nothing. It's the only thing they know anything about.

    Oscar Wilde

    Communication without clarity is just static - the interruption of silence.

    The Arkon

    You cannot be objective without having command over your emotions. Can you maneuver on an icy road without the required driving skills and focus? Of course not.

    The Greek

    If you don’t think pop culture is structured by PR companies and marketing firms, you need to start doing better research.

    The Greek

    Politics are just a shell. The real motivations lie underneath.

    Tom McTague

    There are many "answers". Hardly any are right, but many of them are definitely wrong.

    Ruth Ozeki

    Nothing changes. The only question is what can you rediscover.

    The Arkon

    People don’t even know what to inquire about.

    The Greek

    The most evil people on Earth are highly intelligent yet incredibly foolish. That's why they're evil.

    Ken Wheeler

    There’s a very fine line between understanding something, and thinking you understand something.

    The Greek

    The masses have to be won by propaganda.

    Hanna Arendt

    When someone makes an empty statement like “Make America Great Again”, and gets elected President without even specifying what “great” means, you should be afraid for your welfare in a society like that.

    The Greek

    The higher the quality of your food, the higher the quality of your life

    The Greek

    We may not yet have arrived at the end of human society, but we have certainly arrived at the thought of it.

    The Arkon

    The only way "everyone knows" something is if someone has a vested interest in making sure "everyone knows" it.

    The Arkon

    There's a million different ways to view something, but only one outcome. So why waste time talking about the possibilities rather than the end result?

    The Arkon

    The truth is a snare; you cannot have it without being caught. In other words, you cannot catch it. Rather, it catches you.

    Søren Kierkegaard

    The best camouflage of all is the truth, because no-one ever believes it.

    Max Frisch

    Even if all possible "scientific" questions be answered, the problems of life have still not been touched at all.

    Ludwig Wittgenstein

    One day you'll get a message saying "Sorry guys, I have to shut the universe down. This has been a personal project of mine and it's really bogging me down. I apologize for any inconvenience - God

    Anonymous

    If you're not efficient with what you've been given, you'll end up losing what you have.

    The Greek

    It takes a certain kind of discipline to understand a reality that most people cannot perceive.

    The Greek

    If the news is fake, imagine how bad history must be.

    Anonymous

    There’s a new story every week that dominates public attention, so you only get a narrow view of things. It’s like looking at the ground while walking. How do you expect to see anything?

    The Greek

    Having become a mindless tool, the stupid person becomes capable of any evil, whilst also being incapable of seeing that it's evil.

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    What is the quality of your inner monologue?

    The Arkon

    In order to talk about certain things, you have to abandon everything you think you know about the subject to examine it more practically. Can you do that?

    The Greek

    They say life is like a game of chess...but most people don't know how to play chess.

    The Arkon

    If you want to create an uprising in the West, just ban all the entertainment and junk food.

    The Greek

    Society wants you to believe that it’s fine and you’re the one who’s messed up, but it’s the other way around - unless you’ve gone the way of society. Then yeah, you’re the one who’s messed up.

    The Greek

    Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy than evil. At least evil contains the germ of its own subversion by leaving behind a sense of unease. But against stupidity we are defenseless.

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    Things are easy once you know how to do them. It’s not magic. Building a watch is simple if you’re familiar with the process. But if you’re not, you might as well give the parts to a monkey and see what happens.

    The Greek

    Edison said he tried 1000 times before he got the light-bulb right, but if he'd just done some studying and simple math, he wouldn’t have had to try so many times.

    The Greek

    Ants know more about their society than humans do.

    The Greek

    If you meet someone at the bus stop and bring the truth up, they’ll smile and walk away because it makes no sense to them. But if you bring the same truth up to your family who raised you, they’ll make your life hell. Interesting, isn’t it?

    The Greek

    Maybe if you haven't pondered something enough, you won't be able to speak on it adequately.

    The Greek

    Gather all the most vile conspiracy theories you can find, and reality is still worse than that - it’s like the difference between the public Internet and the Dark Web.

    The Greek

    If the human brain was simple enough for scientists to understand, they would still be so clueless that they wouldn't understand it.

    The Greek

    Think before you think.

    The Arkon

    Simplicity is an intellectual achievement, and one of the greatest at that.

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    He who makes himself a worm cannot complain afterwards if people step on him.

    Immanuel Kant

    You interpret reality, you don't create it. That's why every specie of animal sees a different reality.

    The Arkon

    Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them. The purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.

    Arthur Schopenhauer

    Is it unreasonable to dedicate a decade of work to understand only a smidgen of the truth? No, it’s not.

    The Greek

    The educated person is one who knows how to find out what he doesn't know.

    George Simmel

    Time is the most valuable thing that we have because it is the most irrevocable.

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    Most people have been rendered incapable of being objective because if they could see things rationally, they’d figure out the truth and the jig would be up.

    The Greek

    The reason we prefer to think well of others is that we're afraid of what being critical of them implies about ourselves. The basis of much optimism is self-preservation.

    The Arkon

    We eat well, drink well, live well, but when we got to sleep, we do not have good dreams. Why is that?

    The Arkon

    Any subject can be broached, but what is the quality of the conversation concerning it? That’s the real question.

    The Greek

    People love false hope.

    The Greek

    It is best not to go on great quests for the truth; it will only make you miserable.

    Rene Descartes

    Could "stupidity" be a condition created by accepting falsehoods, after which one's thinking becomes resistant to amendment?

    The Arkon

    If you cannot think well, others will do your thinking for you.

    Oscar Wilde

    The only serious enterprise is understanding the world around you, your place in it, and how to optimize your choices within that place.

    The Arkon

    I'd rather trust the words of an intelligent, honest man than what "everyone knows".

    The Arkon

    Knowledge is power in the hands of the doer, not the knower, but you also have to know when to do what.

    The Greek

    Anyone who claims to have answers to the big questions in life is laughed at, whilst the man who claims that he doesn't know the answers is considered great.

    The Greek

    If you believe in the truth, it makes an island out of you, and no-one likes being alone on an island.

    The Greek

    How do we gain better discernment? By using it more often.

    The Greek

    Words that long ago lost their original meaning continue to dominate mankind through the centuries.

    Emma Goldman

    How many new ways will we find of dressing up our refusal to notice the obvious?

    The Arkon

    Some ideas are too big for people's little heads.

    The Arkon

    Certain things can't be learned by hearing them only once.

    The Arkon

    There’s plenty of places to get information, but what’s the state of your mindset?

    The Greek

    The line between order and disorder lies in the logistics.

    Sun Tzu

    There is a conspiracy so great that no man can go against it

    The Arkon

    With knowledge, you get the facts, and with wisdom you learn the purpose. Wisdom is when you know what something means, and the implications thereof.

    The Greek

    Science is just faith that the future will be like the past.

    Firas Zahabi

    In order to become wealthy, you have to manage the machinations of the world they way they demand.

    The Greek

    An understanding of the truth is not arrived at through casualness.

    The Arkon

    If stupidity was a painful illness, most people would live in the hospital. Oh, wait...

    Anonymous

    Academics are just undercover thought-police. Their job is to tell you what's okay to believe.

    The Greek

    Of course Hollywood can’t make good movies anymore. It’s because of the audience they’re accommodating - that’s why the movies are crap.

    The Greek

    It is pleasant to have command even over a flock of sheep, and that is why politicians raise their banners.

    Sancho Panza

    They promised you that your dreams could come true, but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams too.

    Oscar Wilde

    Is opinion and ideology really something you want to lean on? I'm not saying it should be ignored, but it's going to break if you lean on it.

    The Greek

    Fortunately, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of public violence.

    Oscar Wilde

    You should depart from fools because there's no rationale to deal with them. What could you possibly say to them without compromising the integrity of your message? Nothing.

    The Arkon and The Greek

    In a world that's been turned on its head, the truth actually becomes a moment of falsehood.

    Guy Debord

    The higher the criminality being addressed, the harsher the language that has to deployed against it.

    The Greek

    People can’t see anything clearly for all the cultural and ideological perceptions that have invaded their minds. Can you transcend that?

    The Greek

    When people say their goal in life is to be happy, what they're actually telling you is that they're miserable.

    John Gray

    Without directing your life towards a definite goal, you can't possibly arrange your actions properly. It's impossible to assemble the pieces if you don't have an idea of the whole picture.

    Michel De Montaigne

    Fundamentally, there are two opposing forces in the universe: One is implosive, which is contractive, cooling and condensing. The other is explosive which is expansive, heating and decomposing.

    The Greek

    Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world,

    Jean-Luc Godard

    Engineers say sound is a “wave”, but a “wave” is a motion, not an object. If I’m waving at you, that’s an action I'm performing. You can't just say sound is a "wave". A wave of what?

    The Greek

    There are primarily two types of evil in the world: Physical Evil, like rape and murder, and Intellectual Evil, like deceit and close-mindedness.

    The Arkon

    It's best people don't know how the world works, or else they'd be like, "Why am I wasting my time on this bullshit profession when I could be doing something that really matters??".

    The Greek

    Saying you can tell the future by looking at what’s online is like saying you know all about cows by analyzing the grass they eat. Actually, the latter is more informative.

    The Greek

    In private you train your weaknesses. In public you race your strengths.

    The Greek

    Mankind is made of two kinds of people: wise people who know they're fools, and fools who think they're wise.

    Anonymous

    Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth

    Mike Tyson

    Intelligent people learn from every thing and everyone, whilst average people only learn from their experiences. As for the stupid - they already have all the answers, apparently.

    Socrates

    Because of your hard-coded sensibilities, you'll always be censored to certain things, even when they're right in front of you. So you should learn how to examine that.

    The Greek

    Greekspeak is poison to most people because it doesn’t accommodate the prevailing mindset in society.

    The Greek

    If you can't even define what "stupidity" is, how can you claim to know what "knowledge" or "wisdom" is?

    The Arkon

    Things remain a secret in plain sight because people are so used to the lies in their culture that it doesn't bother them when the global deceptions reach new heights.

    The Greek

    Folly is truly its own burden.

    Arthur Schopenhauer

    Organic food doesn't speak well of society because it means people have allowed their regular food to become so toxified that corporations have to offer market solutions through organic food.

    The Greek

    You’re born naked and die naked, which means all you have is time. So if anyone says, “I don’t have time for that”, what they really mean is, “I don’t know how to manage my time for that”.

    The Greek

    The heart pumps blood? Really? So what pumps the heart? 

    The Greek

    Where should you go to get the truth? Nowhere. It's been right in front of you the whole time. You just refused to acknowledge it.

    The Greek

    Wisdom is even more important than relationships.

    Ken Wheeler

    It's possible to fail in many ways, but to succeed in only a few. This is because evil belongs to the class of the unlimited, whilst good to that of the limited,

    Aristotle

    After the age of 12, most people become automatons. That's why there's an entire subculture called "kids culture" that's meant to prolong that infantile mindset for as long as possible.

    The Greek

    Pop culture and real history don’t mix. If you’re into one, you’ll be averse to the other.

    The Greek

    Who rules your life? The ones who you can't criticize.

    Anonymous

    In any field, you have masters like Nikola Tesla or Isaac Newton. Students read a lot about those people, but seldom examine what those masters studied. There’s a big difference there.

    The Greek

    Those who tell the stories rule society,

    Anonymous

    Where have all the masters gone?

    The Arkon

    Repeating what the authorities say isn’t the same as speaking with authority. It’s just parroting.

    The Greek

    Most people are so censored that everything they do has to be emotional. It's all about how it makes them feel, not what's happening objectively.

    The Greek

    People are not sufficiently pressured to discover the truth. It makes them uncomfortable because opinions and ideologies are being traded as a popular social currency right now.

    The Arkon

    Sometimes the most important discipline is anti-discipline. What if the things you knew before were wrong and now you need to undo them? Can you do that?

    The Greek

    Truths are more likely to have been discovered by one man than by nation.

    René Descartes

    If you know there’s a playbook for how the future unfolds, then you'll want to use it to keep up with the coming changes.

    The Greek

    Time seems in endless supply until it isn't.

    Anonymous

    The alternative media are just pontificating about bears, but they’ve never seen any bears.

    The Greek

    We no more solve the riddle of death by dying than we solve the problem of living by being born

    Henry Sidgwick

    This is the inevitable fate of the sentimentalist. All his opinions change into their opposites at the first brush of reality.

    George Orwell

    Because people don't have an objective approach to reality, they have to be stimulated and guided through advertising, marketing and propaganda.

    The Arkon

    The first thing to know about stupidity is that we don't know much about it. Why has there never been any serious academic investigation of this subject that affects all of mankind?

    Stupidity: The Movie (2003)

    This is a time of censorship, stupidity and evil. It's a society where the underworld is primary, and what they call the "real world" is secondary.

    The Greek

    We haven't been given any options from the lies. The 5 major religions, New Age spiritualism or atheism are most people's only options.

    The Arkon and The Greek

    For most people, there exist no answers to the questions of life, only a set of perplexing ones.

    The Arkon

    The things people consider problematic are actually not. It’s the things they don’t know exist that are the real problems; the things they won’t even acknowledge.

    The Greek

    People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

    Søren Kierkegaard

    If you want to know what’s really going on in the world, follow the money. If the money is flowing to advertising and insurance rather than artists or journalists, then society is more concerned with manipulation and misfortune than ideas, or truth.

    Jaron Lanier

    Why has the increase in technological advances had an inverse effect on the intelligence of humanity? Hmmm.

    The Greek

    This will be remembered as the society that had access to everything, yet threw it all away. And even if a few smart people choose to be act differently, that wouldn't change the overall evaluation of a wasteful society.

    The Greek

    The only reason to be rich is so you have time to do what you really want to do.

    Ken Wheeler

    If the world wasn't so full of dead people, maybe those of us that are trying to live wouldn't have to suffer so bad.

    James Baldwin

    The world is an omelet, and the lives of mass society are the eggs.

    The Arkon

    Not only are humans blind to the obvious, they're also blind to their blindness.

    Anonymous

    There are 3 perceptions to be mindful of: the way you see yourself, the way you think others see you, and the way they really see you.

    The Greek

    It’s good to look into things and be inquisitive, but only with the proper mindset if you actually want to get anywhere.

    The Greek

    Hasn’t the word “offensive” become really offensive lately?

    Christopher Hitchens

    No matter how much money you have or how hard you work, you'll get to point where things change from being performance-based to favor-based.

    The Arkon

    Part of having the proper mindset is about qualitatively discerning between the seen and the unseen.

    The Greek

    In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded. Yeah right.

    Terry Pratchet

    There's no inoffensive way of asking, "Have you considered that you've wasted your whole life?"

    The Arkon

    Some problems are too difficult for specialists, and must be left to amateurs.

    Anonymous

    Greekspeek isn't about making stuff up or building an audience. If that was the case, I'd be saying, "Listen to me", instead of "Listen to the information".

    The Greek

    Tell the truth and then catch fire. That is the philosopher's true task.

    Arthur Schopenhauer

    Imagine if you saw in the mirror not your face, but your character? Many people would find that scary.

    The Arkon

    If half the world just helped one person, wouldn't that take care of the other half?

    The Greek

    The way we do things in society is garbage, so you won’t arrive at any understanding without a higher vantage point.

    The Greek

    What kind of shock value can a person handle from new information? You have to gauge that before dropping bombs on them.

    The Greek

    Human beings don't know what they are. Isn't that why we have to study ourselves and learn from our experiences?

    The Arkon

    The depravity of man is the most empirically verifiable reality, but also the most intellectually resisted fact.

    Malcolm Muggeridge

    Some people can't taste their food very well because they're already attached to their current palate. All food is either "good" or "bad" to them because they haven't developed any nuance in evaluating it.

    The Greek

    Truth has to be repeated constantly because error is being preached all the time, and not just by the few but by the multitudes.

    John Wolfgang Goethe

    Do those in power expect more from people’s folly than from their wisdom and independence of thought? Of course they do.

    The Arkon

    Isn't it strange how you won't find any fossils of giraffes? Do you really think those animals are that old? Why aren't these things talked about?

    The Greek

    Mankind has allowed themselves to be deceived about the most objective things.

    The Greek

    You're not educated unless you're self-educated.

    The Greek

    The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.

    Nikola Tesla

    Just because you can't do something right now doesn't mean you can't think about it or contemplate it for later.

    The Greek

    People still think the truth is a religious, academic or philosophical matter. They either “like it” or they “don’t like it”. Honestly, it’s just better they don’t understand any of it.

    The Greek

    Saying that the universe came from an explosion in space is like saying that Webster's dictionary came from an explosion in a printing factory.

    The Greek

    If you knew the truth, you wouldn’t be here.

    The Greek

    Why is ignorance bliss? Because the potential for an ignorant person to be happy is greater than for a knowledgeable person. That's how bad the truth is.

    The Arkon

    Men are most likely to believe what they least understand,

    Michel De Montaigne

    The mindset required to look at the truth is very different from what you've been carrying around in your day-to-day life.

    The Greek

    Outcomes are dictated by subtleties; it's the shape of the river, not the water, that determines its flow. So many subtleties have been put in place for people to accept what's happening in the world, from murder to pedophilia.

    The Greek

    I'd rather be a stupid person wanting answers to be wiser than be a stupid person who blindly believes the lies they're told.

    Shannon L. Alder

    The ignorant vs the super-ignorant. Who will win?

    The Arkon

    If someone received instruction on a subject, but walked away feeling confused, it’s the instructors fault.

    The Greek

    You cannot convince a man of the truth so long as his salary depends on him not knowing the truth

    John Maynard Keynes

    Is there a conspiracy? Yes. Is it obvious? Of course. Does it matter? No. Why? Because of cosmic censorship.

    The Greek

    The things that have been hidden from you are the things they're going to use against you later.

    The Greek

    Because of TV and the Internet, you're basically inviting people into your house that you'd never open the door for normally.

    Anonymous

    The contrast to what people think is going on and what’s really going on is so huge that you can’t talk about it publicly.

    The Greek

    When society starts asking questions that have already been answered, that's a red flag. Good vs evil? What is "love"? Those things were answered thousands of years ago, so why is there no clarity on them now? Uh oh...

    The Greek

    Society suffers from a vacuum of leadership. We revere celebrities and corporate titans, but when it comes to knowledge and wisdom, we get no direction.

    The Arkon

    If Trump can invigorate an entire nation to get behind him on the basis of “Make America Great Again”, imagine what would've happened if he said something else, like “Kill all the Europeans”?

    The Greek

    We're living in an Emperor-Has-No-Clothes world, where all the educated people are unable to see what's going on. A child has to tell them. Too bad we send all the children to school where they end up like the adults - but maybe if we ask a toddler?

    The Arkon and The Greek

    If the truth shall kill them, are we wrong to let them die?

    The Arkon

    We construct the history of our wisdom by burying our foolishness in the endnotes.

    Michael Chabon

    The biggest industry in the world is insurance, which means underwriting liability. So if most of the world's business is based on anticipating misfortune, what does that imply about society?

    The Greek

    People say they want to know the truth, but when you tell it to them and they don’t like it, they decide that it’s no good.

    The Greek

    Those whom society can neither govern nor kill, it taxes with madness.

    Anonymous

    An interesting part of being wise is seeing all the evil, ignorant people who claim to know the truth yet are nowhere near it.

    Ken Wheeler

    The truth is not a matter of "faith", yet most people treat their holy texts as artifacts of faith. If you “believe”, then it’s real, and if you don’t believe, it’s not. None of it has to be substantiated.

    The Greek

    Any foolish boy can stamp on a beetle, but all the professors in the world cannot make a beetle.

    Arthur Schopenhauer

    Life is full of suffering, but we make it worse with our voluntary stupidity and willful blindness.

    The Arkon

    I don’t need first-hand experience to understand everything. The reason I still have my fingers is because I know it’s dangerous to stick them in a blender. The fool needs first-hand experience, but the wise uses discernment to see the truth.

    The Greek

    I know it's not popular, but what’s wrong with striving for some precision and accuracy in your perception of things?

    The Greek

    Human beings are contradictions. How can a contradiction understand itself?

    The Arkon

    What the world has collectively and unspokenly acquiesced to is that the only purpose of being here is to be here.

    The Greek

    Is there something wrong with you as a person, or with the structure of society? Both.

    The Arkon

    If you don't know the future, you better get to know someone who does.

    The Greek

    If you can't make the truth practical in your life, it's not going to be of much use to you outside of running thought experiments in your mind for fun.

    The Arkon and The Greek

    Do you really want to sift through the faeces that is humanity, looking for a dime? If I knew I’d find a diamond, then maybe yeah, but for a dime…

    The Greek

    What good is it to expect a fish to climb a tree? In other words, some people are limited by their very nature to being incapable of certain things.

    The Greek

    Blessed is he who understands the hidden causes of things.

    Virgile

    We will gradually become indifferent to what goes on in the minds of other people when we learn about the superficial nature of their thoughts.

    Arthur Schopenhauer
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