1) In regard to the post "Literature is Useless," Henry David Thoreau changed my mind.
Read Walden, and Civil Disobedience.
2) On Human Activity:
Two conditions ignite all actions.
- First, that an individual feels the impulse to commit an act.
- Second, that the individual feels that the benefits of performing the act outweight or break even with the costs.
For example, think of the story in Plato's Republic about the invisible guy. He could get away with whatever he wanted to get away with, and he committed many acts he would've refrained from doing had he been visible. But he's invisible, so he'll sneak into your house. Steal your wallet. Diddle your children. And piss on the floor.
In short, fuck humanity.