Even if you lead me, this land is unknown. The devil is probably leading, going round and round in circles.

–  Alexander Pushkin

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Alienation is a concept describing both the process and the results of converting, in definite historical conditions, of the products of human and social activity (products of labour, money, social relations, etc.) and also man”s properties and capabilities into something independent of them and dominating over them; also the transformation of some phenomena and relations into something different from what they are in themselves, the distortion in people”s minds of their actual relations in life. Alienation of the subject is the creation of the world by the abstract Ego. The objective world appears as the “alienated spirit”. The purpose of development is to overcome this Alienation in the process of cognition. At the same time the understanding of Alienation contains rational surmises about some distinctive features of labour in an antagonistic society.

“Pain is strange. A cat killing a bird, a car accident, a fire…. Pain arrives, BANG, and there it is, it sits on you. It’s real. And to anybody watching, you look foolish. Like you’ve suddenly become an idiot. There’s no cure for it unless you know somebody who understands how you feel, and knows how to help.”

― Charles Bukowski

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Though I have explored philosophy

as well as medicine and law,

applied my efforts to theology,

yet I stand, a foolish bore,

no wiser than I was before

with neither property nor fame.

I am a man without a name.

A dog would not accept this role,

so to magic I will devote my soul.

There are things that wait for us, patiently, in the dark corridors of our lives. We think we have moved on, put them out of mind, left them to desiccate and shrivel and blow away; but we are wrong.
— Neil Gaiman, “Introduction,” Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, 2015