"Money requires the State, without a State money is not possible; indeed the foundation of the State may be said to date from the introduction of money. Money is the most natural and the most powerful cement of nations... The fact that money is indispensable, and that State control of money is also indispensable, gives the State unlimited power over money. Exposed to this unlimited power the metal covering of money is also as chaff before the wind. Money is as little protected by the money-material from abuse of State power as the constitution of the State is protected from arbitrary usurpation of power by the parchment of paper upon which it is written. Only the State itself, the will of those who are in power (autocrats and representatives), can protect money from bunglers, swindlers and spectators - on condition that those in power are capable of purposeful use of their power. Up to the present they have never, unfortunately, possessed this capability." - Silvio Gesell
"The bodies [are placed] in a little world of signals to each of which is attached a single, obligatory response: it is a technique of training, of dressage... The training of school children was to be carried out in the same way: few words, no explanation, a total silence interrupted by signals - bells, clapping of hands, gestures, a mere glance from the teacher." - Foucault.
"They say we speak treasonable when we declare that human life is plastic, that human nature is malleable, that men possess the dignity and meaning of the environmental and institutional forms through which they are lucky or unlucky enough to express themselves. They solemnly assert that we seek to overthrow the government by violence when we say that we live in this manner because the Black Belt which cradles our lives is created by the hand and brains of men who have decreed that we must live differently. They brand us as revolutionists when we say that we are not allowed to react to life with an honest and frontal vision."
'From Invisible Theatre to Thai Soup.' Catherine Wood.
"They propose a paranoid cityscape laced with a pervasive mistrust of perception, and, therefore, of many of the assumptions upon which one's social and economic navigation of the city - and of these institutional spaces of art - depend... in different ways, these artworkd register the uncomfortable nature of this environment, pointing to the hysterial eruptions of theatre in every facet of interaction - from the casual encounter on the street, to a view of the passing crowd, to the figure of authority."
"This idea of "me" and "mine" -- ahamkara and mamata -- is the result of past superstition, and the more this present self passes away, the more the Real Self becomes manifest. This is true self-abrigation, the centre, the basis, the gist of all moral teaching, and whether man knows it or not, the whole world is slowly going towards it, practicing it more or less. Only, the vast majority of mankind are doing it unconsciously. Let them do it consciously. Let them make the sacrifice, knowing that "me" and "mine" are not the Real Self, but only a limitation. But one glance of that infinite Reality which is behind, but one spark of that infinite Fire which is the All, represents the present man. The infinite is his true nature." - Swami Vivekananda.
"Letter from a Man." John Menlove Edwards.
"I grew up exuberant in body but with a nervy, craving mind. It was wanting something more, something tangible. It sought for reality intensely, always as if it were not there..."
"Artificial Hells." Breton.
"Dada events certainly involve a desire other than to scandalize. Scandal, for all its force (one may easily trace it from Baudelaire to the present), would be insufficient to elicit the delight that one might expect from an artificial hell. One should also keep in mine the odd pleasure obtained in 'taking to the street' or 'keeping one's footing,' so to speak... By conjoining thought with gesture, Dada has left the realm of shadows to venture onto solid grounds."
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma -- Which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." - Steve Jobs.
Doctor Zhivago. Boris Pasternak.
"Everything had changed suddenly- the tone, the moral climate; you didn't know what to think, whom to listen to. As if all your life you had been led by the hand like a small child and suddenly you were on your own, you had to learn to walk by yourself. There was no one around, neither family nor people whose judgment you respected. At such a time you felt the need of committing yourself to something absolute - life or truth or beauty - of being ruled by it in place of the man-made rules that had been discarded. You needed to surrender to some such ultimate purpose more fully, more unreservedly than you had ever done in the old familiar, peaceful days, in the old life that was now abolished and gone for good."
"Notes on Political Street Theatre, Paris 1968, 1969." Jean- Jacques Lebel.
"The subconscious needs of people began to break through the ever present network of repressive institutions which is the backbone of capitalism. Everywhere people danced and trembled. Everywhere people wrote on the walls of the city or communicated freely with total strangers. There were no longer any strangers, but brothers, very alive, very present... The first things revolutions do away with are the sadness and boredom and the alienation of the body."
Dada: Art and Anti-Art. Andre Brenton.
"Everyone insists on using words like group, leader of a group, discipline. Some people even say that, under the pretense of stressing individuality, Dada is really a danger to individuality. They do not understand for a moment that it is our differences that unite us. Our common resistance to artistic and moral laws gives us only momentary satisfaction. We are very well aware that, beyond and above it, the individual imagination retains its total liberty - and that this, even more than the movement itself, is Dada."
Shantarum. Gregory David Roberts.
"It's good to know what's wrong with the world... but it's just as important to know that sometimes, no matter how wrong it is, you can't change it. A lot of bad stuff in the world wasn't really that bad until someone tried to change it."
1968-1989: Political Upheaval and Artistic Change. Alex Mlynarcik.
"Since 1970 our world has been so greatly permeated with ideology that should you even decide to plant a flower somewhere it is perceived as a political gesture... Should ideology be the problem of my life, or some politician currently in power, or some regime? I would like to live in transcendence, some where else, and be devoted to different values... There are much higher gains to consider which do not overlap with superficial worldly planes."
“I'm simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I'm saying that you can
get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple
witness of your thought processes.
It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you.
Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you
judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this
is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process.
It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once
the gap is there, you are in for a great suprise, that you are not the mind, that
you are the witness, A watcher.
And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as
you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start
disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.
That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for
the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.”