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Ou plutôt c’est la nausée. La nausée n’est pas en moi: je la ressens là-bas sur le mur, sur les bretelles, partout autour de moi. Elle ne fait qu’un avec le café, c’est moi qui suis en elle.

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Je n’ai plus de goût à travailler, je ne peux plus rien faire, qu’attendre la nuit.

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Je digère lourdement, près de calorifère, je sais d’avance que la journée est perdue. Je ne ferais rien de bon, sauf, peut-être, à la nuit tombée. C’est a cause du soleil; il dore vaguement de sales brumes blanches, suspendu en l’air au-dessus du chantier, il coule dans ma chambre, tout blond, tout pâle, il étale sur ma table quatre reflets ternes et faux.

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The moon was full the night I slept there, it was dancing on the waters.

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…I wished the whole world was dead serious about food instead of silly rockets and machines and explosives using everybody’s food money to blow their heads off anyway.

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… It says in the sutra that God, or Tathagata, doesn’t himself emanate a world from his womb but it just appears due to the ignorance of sentient beings.”

"But he emanated the sentient beings and their ignorance too. It’s all too pitiful.

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Like roaches we won’t die

I’m from a generation of adapters, like roaches. We don’t like to work, we don’t like to sacrifice unless we are infinitely rewarded. We are selfish and think of our profits before others’ gains. It’s common to say “what’s in it for me”. We see the next generation as entitled brats. But we grew up in the age of prosperity, order was restored from all the atrocities of full blown war and repressive regimes. We are a generation of conformists and we live in contempt. Our previous generation grew up with the notion that hard work will get you everywhere, anywhere, somewhere. Our generation knows networking is the only thing that matters. We don’t like taking initiative. We don’t feel ready to rule yet, but love complaining of old dinosaurs in government and power positions. The next generation is starting riots and civil unrest because of the conformism and the unwillingness to take responsibility of my generation. We are the sheltered generation. The product of a tired human race that has been at war for centuries. We want to party till we die, we don’t think the party is over. Even when the next generation has already called the cops on us. Ever changing, inconstant and always rationalizing our actions. No responsibilities, only one life to live and young forever. We are wrong, and we will die wrong. Leave it to the next generation to stir the crumbling foundations of self government that doesn’t work anymore. Our systems of rule are obsolete, it only takes turning the tv on and seeing how there’s unrest everywhere. It only takes opening the newspapers to see how everything is wrong. We are the bypass generation. We let things happen. The previous generation weeps over our failure to rule the next one can’t wait for us to step aside and let them rule. We let things happen. But we will die young and hip and full of party. Champagne anyone?

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The Dharma can’t be lost, nothing can be lost, on a well-worn path.

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The Dharma can’t be lost, nothing can be lost, on a well-worn path.

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So what did I care what the old tobacco-chewing stickwhittlers at the crossroads store had to say about my mortal eccentricity, we all get to be gum in graves anyways.

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Why is he so mad about white tiled sinks and ‘kitchen machinery’ he calls it? People have good hearts whether or not they live like Dharma Bums. Compassion is the heart of Buddhism.

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"It’s nothing but bullshit!" I yelled and suddenly I had the feeling I always got when I tried to explain the Dharma to people, Alvah, my mother, my relatives, girl friends, everybody, they never listened, they always wanted me to listen to them, they never knew, I didn’t know anything, I was just a dumb young kid and impractical fool who didn’t understand the serious significance of this very important, very real world.

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Why, do you realize the Jurassic pure granite of Sierra Nevada with the straggling high conifers of the last ice age and lakes we just saw is one of the greatest expressions on this earth, just think how truly great and wise America will be, with all this energy and exuberance and space focused into the Dharma.