“The wellbeing, dignity, or freedom of the enslaved/traded “Negroes” never entered the equation. This was not just an unfortunate oversight on Kant’s part. Rather, it reflects the extraordinary complexity of his philosophical system: everything he did or did not say about slavery begins to make perfect sense once we take into account his views on human history and on the relation between morality and political conditions as well as how he racialized “Negroes.””
“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”
― David Lynch
Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.
Feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which one to surf.
Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives, and that we obey them without knowing it.
—Vincent van Gogh (1889)