“Everything has been merely attempted, nothing completed” (Thomas Bernhard)

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At the same time I had to tell myself that we invariably made excessive demands of everything and everybody: nothing is done thoroughly enough, everything is imperfect, everything has been merely attempted, nothing completed. My unhealthy craving for perfection had come to the surface again. It actually makes us ill if we always demand the highest standards, the most thorough, the most fundamental, the most extraordinary, when all we find are the lowest, the most superficial, the most ordinary. It doesn’t get us anywhere, except into the grave. We see decline where we expect improvement, we see hopelessness where we still have hope: that’s our mistake, our misfortune. We always demand everything, when in the nature of things we should demand little, and that depresses us. We see somebody on the heights, and he comes to grief while he is still on the low ground. We want to achieve everything…

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“All schools are bad” (Thomas Bernhard)

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All schools are bad and the one we attend is always the worst if it doesn’t open our eyes. What lousy teachers we had to put up with, teachers who screwed up our heads. Art destroyers all of them, art liquidators, culture assassins, murderers of students.

From Thomas Bernhard’s novel The Loser.

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Manusia yang Bertindak dan Ekonomi (bhg ii)

syarahan Ludwig von Mises (1951)

terjemahan Hadi Jaafar

(sambungan dari bahagian pertama)

Aristotle menulis, di antara perkara-perkara yang lainnya, tentang kepelbagaian pencirian pada lelaki dan wanita. Betapa beliau seringkali tersilap. Sekiranya beliau bertanyakan pada Puan Aristotle tentang perihal wanita, pastinya beliau akan menyedari kesilapannya; langsung memahami perkara tersebut pada sudut pandang yang berbeza. Aristotle juga tersilap di dalam menyatakan bahawa jika dua barang mahu ditukarkan di dalam pasaran, harus keduanya ada sesuatu yang serupa di dalamnya, bahawa keduanya ditukar di sebabkan nilainya yang setara. Sekarang fikirkan, sekiranya keduanya adalah setara, apa perlunya proses pertukaran tersebut? Jika kamu memiliki satu syiling dan saya memiliki satu syiling, kita tidak akan menukarnya disebabkan keduanya adalah setara. Oleh yang demikian, sekiranya terdapat pertukaran, seharusnya yang terkandung pada barangan yang ditukar tersebut adalah ketaksetaraan, bukannya kesetaraan.

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