“You know, kid, ethics isn’t about choosing between right and wrong; it’s about choosing between grey and grey. It’s about choosing between two equally desirable but mutually exclusive courses of action. Freedom or security? Courage or comfort? Self-examination or blissful happiness? Column A or Column B?”
“You are constantly being trained to be heroic only in the service of your masters – only in slaughter and sacrifice and subjugation. But there is no heroism in serving your masters. Real heroism is questioning why you have masters at all.
All these stories, all these fantasies, all these superpowers – are designed to steal heroism from you, to make it impossible, fantastical, remote, and unachievable – and make you useful to your masters (as a hit man, if needed). What is the opposite of this?
The opposite of fantasy is philosophy. The opposite of mythology is integrity. And integrity is truth in action.”
“Character is how you treat people who can’t do anything for you in return.
Integrity is how you act when you think nobody is looking.”
“It is humiliating to realize that when you drive yourself underground, when you fake who you are, often you do so for people you do not even like or respect.”
“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.”
“If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.”