It's total bullshit, ' he said. 'The whole thing. Eighty percent survival rate and he's in the twenty percent? Bullshit. He was such a bright kid. It's bullshit. I hate it. But it was sure a privilege to love him, huh?' I nodded into his shirt. 'Gives you an idea how I feel about you, ' he said. My old man. He always knew just what to say.
One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern, or attracted much sustained inquiry. In consequence, we have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves.
I think all of us are looking for that which does not admit of bullshit . . . If you tell me you can bench press 450, hell, we'll load up the bar and put you under it. Either you can do it or you can't do it-you can't bullshit. Ultimately, sports are just about as close to what one would call the truth as it is possible to get in this world.
I think all of us are looking for that which does not admit of bullshit... If you tell me you can bench press 450, hell, we'll load up the bar and put you under it. Either you can do it or you can't do it-you can't bullshit. Ultimately, sports are just about as close to what one would call the truth as it is possible to get in this world.
Do you sometimes wish you could fast-forward a week? You know something bad's coming up, and you know you'll get through it, but the prospect just makes you feel sick. I worried for about thirty minutes, and though I knew there was no point in doing so, I could feel my anxiety twisting me up in a knot. 'Bullshit,' I told myself stoutly. 'This is utter bullshit.
Maybe primitive people have less bullshit to let go of, to give up. A person has to be willing to give up everything""not just wealth. All the bullshit he's been taught""all society's brainwashing. You have to let go of all that to get to the other side. Most people aren't willing to do that.
Pop culture. Nobody does bullshit better than us. Right? China took over manufacturing. And the Middle East has us on fossil fuels. That's just geography and politics. We're a nation of whacko immigrants. Scavengers and con men. We crossed the ocean on faith, stole some land and stone-cold made up a whole country out of nothing but balls and bullshit. Superhero comics got invented by crazy genius Jews who showed up and revamped the refugee experience into a Man of Steel sent from Krypton with a secret identity.
MY BOTTLE OF CHEAP RED WINE I BOUGHT AT THE STORE DOWN THE STREET. AND IT'S FILLED WITH BAD IDEAS AND INTENTIONS FOR THE FRIENDS I HATE. AND I CAN'T SAY I REMEMBER WHAT EXACTLY I'M DOING HERE. WELL I'M ROTTEN AFTER A BLACKOUT WHILE YOU'RE CHASING SHOTS WITH YOUR BEER. WELL I'LL WARN YOU LATER HE'S STILL SLEEPING ALL ALONE. AND HE'S WAITING FOR YOU TO FINISH THIS SO COME HOME. LOOK FOR STABILITY IN COMPLACENCY; YOU'RE ALWAYS UNDER COVERS. AND THE SMELL OF SWEAT FROM THE UNDER, BLOOD ANTHEMS FOR OLD LOVERS. AND I'M COUNTING DAYS AND NIGHTS. WHEN I LOST TRACK OF THE WHEN'S AND WHERE'S, BUT AT LEAST I GOT THE FACES CLEAR. AND YOU'RE MOVING OUT OF RANGE. AND YOU'RE KEEPING TRACK OF THE HOW'S AND WHY'S, AND MY CARELESS THOUGHTS AND MY BULLSHIT LIES. NOW I'M COUNTING DAYS AND NIGHTS. AND I LOST TRACK OF THE WHEN'S AND WHERE'S, BUT AT LEAST I GOT THE FACES CLEAR. AND YOU'RE MOVING OUT OF RANGE. AND YOU'RE KEEPING TRACK OF THE HOW'S AND WHY'S, AND MY CARELESS THOUGHTS AND MY BULLSHIT. MY BULLSHIT LIES. MY LIES.