Don't try to justify yourself on the ground that somebody must do this kind of work. Let "somebody," not yourself, take the responsibility... Many a man has dwarfed his manhood, cramped his intellect, crushed his aspiration, blunted his finer sensibilities, in some mean, narrow occupation because there was money in it.
Orison Swett Marden
Do you remember our first kiss? I do. Not a day goes by I don't think of the feel of that bicuspid against my tongue. It had such a distinctive feel, neither cuspid nor molar... but I'm not sure it knew that - that was what endeared it to me so. It was like the blunted tusk of a wild boar.
The great danger in today's world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor.
Something might be true while being harmful and dangerous in the highest degree. Indeed, it might be a basic characteristic of existence that those who know it completely would perish, in which case the strength of a spirit should be measured according to how much of the 'truth' one could still barely endure- or to put it more clearly, to what degree one would require it to be thinned down, shrouded, sweetened, blunted, falsified.
Africa may yet prove to be the spiritual conservatory of the world ...When the civilised nations in consequence of their wonderful material development, shall have had their spiritual susceptibilities blunted through the agency of a captivating and absorbing materialism, it may be that they have to resort to Africa to recover some of the simple elements of faith.
Edward Wilmot Blyden
Four years ago, I promised to end the war in Iraq. We did. I promised to refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11. We have. We've blunted the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan, and in 2014, our longest war will be over. A new tower rises above the New York skyline, al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead.
More than one philosopher has claimed that we ever remain children, far beneath the indurated layers that make up the armour of adulthood. Armour encumbers, restricts the body and soul within it. But it also protects. Blows are blunted. Feelings lose their edge, leaving us to suffer naught but a plague of bruises, and, after a time, bruises fade.
I would like to hear your life as you heard it, coming at you, instead of hearing it as I do, a sober sound of expectations reduced, desires blunted, hopes deferred or abandoned, chances lost, defeats accepted, griefs borne. I don't find your life uninteresting, as Rodman does. I would like to hear it as it sounded while it was passing. Having no future of my own, why shouldn't I look forward to yours.
The years of imprisonment hardened me.... Perhaps if you have been given a moment to hold back and wait for the next blow, your emotions wouldn't be blunted as they have been in my case. When it happens every day of your life, when that pain becomes a way of life, I no longer have the emotion of fear.there is no longer anything I can fear. There is nothing the government has not done to me. There isn't any pain I haven't known.
His gaze, blunted by the unnumbered procession of iron bars, uncounted as his softly padded steps. Smooth motion of blood and sinew turning in its own, small circle prescribed by bars and walls... and skin, confined. Suddenly, without warning, a flash of light and image pierces the caged brain, and passing through its beating heart to stillness finds its way.
Rainer Maria Rilke
We must sometimes get away from the Authorized Version, if for no other reason, simply because it is so beautiful and so solemn. Beauty exalts, but beauty also lulls. Early associations endear, but they also confuse. Through that beautiful solemnity, the transporting or horrifying realities of which the Book tells may come to us blunted and disarmed, and we may only sigh with tranquil veneration when we ought to be burning with shame, or struck dumb with terror, or carried out of ourselves by ravishing hopes and adorations. ...
C. S. Lewis
The unwillingness of most leaders to set standards, to administer feedback when standards are not met, to praise clearly when standards are met, stands in the way of the development of excellence. The leader who makes no demands of his disciples cannot really lead them at all. The sense of new excitement and new challenge generated by the gospel will be blunted by leaders who shield followers from the full demands of fellowship.
Neal A. Maxwell
In the age of global market capitalism, hopes and grievances were narrowly conceived, which blunted a sense of common predicament. Poor people didn't unite; they competed ferociously amongst themselves for gains as slender as they were provisional. And this undercity strife created only the faintest ripple in the fabric of the society at large. The gates of the rich occasionally rattled, remained class. The poor took down one another, and the world's great, unequal cities soldiered on in relative peace.
But now, our daily monkeyshines are such, our preoccupations are so low, our language has be come so debased, the words so blunted and damaged, we've said such stupid and dull things, the the higher beings hear only babbling and grunting and TV commercials - the dog-food level of things. This says nothing to them. What pleasure can these higher beings take in this kind of materialism, devoid of higher thought or poetry? As a result, all that we can hear in sleep is matter creaking and hissing and washing, the rustling of plants, and air conditioning. So we are incomprehensible to the higher beings. They can't influence us and they themselves suffer a corresponding privation.
AND FLEX COULDN'T SAVE YOU EVEN IF HE DROPPED A BOMB IN THIS YOU STILL GON BE FOUND IN A DITCH MY NAME SHOULD BE ROBIN BANKS THE WAY I BE ROBBIN BANKS I'M A FIEND FOR THE S-500 I WANT IT USED TO STAY HIGH AND BLUNTED, BUT ALL THAT HAD TO STOP CHICK LIKE ME BE CHASIN AFTER COPS AND THEY DON'T STOP AT MY BLOCK AFTER THE DIALLO SHOOTIN SOLDIERS IN WAITIN, MARKSMEN RECRUITIN SALUTIN, THUG CONFEDERATES, RHYME AND REASON TIME AND TREATIN, AIR FORCE ONE WE LEAVIN PANAMA RED, HOLDIN 52 HANDS FOR RANSOM MY MAN JOHNNY HANDSOME, ITCHIN TO CANCEL 'EM I'M LIKE HOLD UP, WAIT A MINUTE, LET'S GET DOWN TO BUISNESS WE COULD SHOOT UP EVERYTHING SOON AS THE DEAL IS FINISHED BLAH, BLAH, I GOT TWO HOURS TO KILL WE WANT LIKE 5 MIL IN A PRIVATE JET SO PEEL
No one is adequate to comprehending the misery of my lot! Fate obliges me to be constantly in movement: I am not permitted to pass more than a fortnight in the same place. I have no Friend in the world, and from the restlessness of my destiny I never can acquire one. Fain would I lay down my miserable life, for I envy those who enjoy the quiet of the Grave: But Death eludes me, and flies from my embrace. In vain do I throw myself in the way of danger. I plunge into the Ocean; The Waves throw me back with abhorrence upon the shore: I rush into fire; The flames recoil at my approach: I oppose myself to the fury of Banditti; Their swords become blunted, and break against my breast: The hungry Tiger shudders at my approach, and the Alligator flies from a Monster more horrible than itself. God has set his seal upon me, and all his Creatures respect this fatal mark!
Matthew Gregory Lewis
THINKING ABOUT HOW FAR I'VE COME, HOW FAR I'M GOING SPEEDING ON THE ROAD TO RICHES, NO I'M NEVER SLOWING I WORKED SO LONG WITH NO RESULTS BUT NOW IT'S FINALLY SHOWING I PLANTED THE SEED A WHILE AGO BUT NOW IT'S FINALLY GROWING WENT FROM BEING ANONYMOUS TO EVERYBODY KNOWING MY NAME TRYING TO REMAIN FOCUSED BUT IT'S HARD TO REFRAIN FROM THE PERKS OF THE FAME AND IT'S A DAMN SHAME I WOULD DIP OUT OF THE LAB JUST TO SIP SOME CHAMPAGNE WITH A BAD BITCH WHO WOULDN'T GIVE A FUCK IF I AIN'T HAVE SHIT FOR SOME REASON I THINK I NEEDED WHEN I WANTED THE FEELING OF FEELING WANTED WHILE DRINKING AND GETTING BLUNTED THEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING LIKE "FUCK I SHOULDN'T HAVE DONE IT" YOU KNOW THAT FEELING YOU GET DEEP DOWN IN YOUR STOMACH WHEN YOU KNOW YOU WRONG WASTING TIME WITH HER, WHOLE TIME I COULD'VE WROTE A SONG LOOKING IN THE MIRROR LIKE "YO WHAT IS GOING ON?" I'M FEELING SO WEAK BUT I KNOW I'M STRONG COULD IT BE WHEN WE WITNESS OUR OWN MOTHERS WITH MULTIPLE LOVERS, WHEN WE JUST NEEDED HER THERE TO LOVE US THEN WE GROW UP AND ATTEMPT TO FILL THE VOID BY BEING UNDER COVERS WITH BITCHES THAT JUST WANNA FUCK US I APOLOGISE IF I DIGRESS IT'S JUST THAT AS I'M WRITING I REALISE WHY I STRESS OVER SHIT THAT'S MAJOR TO ME THAT HOLD SUCH MINOR IMPORTANCE LIKE DRIVING THE FLYEST WHIPS, ROCKING THE LATEST JORDANS SPEND ALL OF MY TIME RECORDING WITH HOPES OF MAKING A FORTUNE JUST SO I CAN BE AT PEACE WHEN ALL THIS BRINGS IS DISTORTION COULD IT BE CAUSE IN MY PAST I SAW ALL OF THESE SPOILT LITTLE KIDS THAT ALWAYS HAD IT ALL WHEN ALL I HAD WAS HAND-ME-DOWNS NEVER ACCEPTED, JUST REJECTED ALWAYS LOOKED AT AS A SQUARE, SO NOW I HAVE TO BALL CAUSE AFTER ALL THE SAME THING THAT MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND IS THE SAME THING THAT'S MAKING ALL THESE GIRLS GO DOWN THAT THEY DON'T REALLY LOVE ME, JUST FEELS GOOD TO HEAR THEM SAY IT MY SONG ON THE RADIO, IT FEELS GOOD TO HEAR 'EM PLAY IT THE WAITRESS BRINGS THE CHECK, FEELS GOOD TO BE THE ONE TO PAY IT WITHOUT A RECIPE, FEELS GOOD TO STILL SAY THAT I MADE IT AND IF I CHANGED, THEN I CHANGED FOR THE BETTER NOTHING CHANGED BUT THE CHEDDAR AND THE WAY I PAY FEES SO WHEN I MAKE IT RAIN, NOTHING CHANGED BUT THE WEATHER CAUSE I KNOW THE CHEDDAR AIN'T GON' MAKE A NIGGA SAY CHEESE CAUSE AT THE TOP IT'S LONELY, IT CAN BE HARD TO COPE AND ALL THE RICHES DON'T MEAN NOTHING IF YOUR HEART IS BROKE I SWEAR THIS IS THE REALEST SHIT I EVER WROTE SO I KNOW THEY GON' FEEL IT, 'LEAST I HOPE AND FUCK BEING SHORT TERM, THIS IS A LONG TERM GAME I GOT SHORT TERM GOALS FOR THAT LONG TERM FAME TRYING NOT TO MAKE A WRONG TURN CAUSE WHAT YOU DO FOR SHORT TERM PLEASURE CAN CAUSE LONG TERM PAIN AND MAMA WALWAYS SAID THERE WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT 'EM BUT THAT'S JUST SOMETHING MOTHERS SAY RIGHT? I TOLD LOGIC THAT I COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT 'EM BUT THAT'S JUST SOMETHING BROTHERS SAY RIGHT I LET MY TEAM KNOW AS SOON AS I GET IT I GOT 'EM WOULDN'T HAVE IT NO OTHER WAY RIGHT? MIDDLE FINGER TO WHOEVER THAT WANTED TO DOUBT 'EM CAUSE WHO THE FUCK IS THEY RIGHT?
C Dot Castro