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Quotation Of The Day

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Mark Twain's War Prayer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Andrew Apr 13. 9 Replies

The Last American

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Dan Rather on "Alternative Facts"

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Comment by Loren Miller on March 22, 2017 at 8:19am

This quote appeared elsewhere on A|N, but considering the current political climate, I thought it deserved restatement:

The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes stronger than their democratic state itself.  That in its essence, is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group.
-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 21, 2017 at 11:41pm

Unfortunately the contemporary age has developed an insatiable hankering for disaster and chaos. As hipsters of olde were wont to say, All hail the sacred chao.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2017 at 11:06pm

“Sitting at our back doorsteps, all we need to live a good life lies about us. Sun, wind, people, buildings, stones, sea, birds and plants surround us. Cooperation with all these things brings harmony, opposition to them brings disaster and chaos.” 
― Bill MollisonIntroduction to Permaculture

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2017 at 10:56pm

To counter this obsession about God and faith and belief, I offer an alternative:

“The plants we've chosen will collect and cycle Earth's minerals, water, and air; shade the soil and renew it with leafy mulch; and yield fruits and greens for people and wildlife.” 
― Toby HemenwayGaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2017 at 10:47pm

Loren, I looked up those three biblical references and they are grotesquely obscene, beyond anything civilized. If this so-called god loves, it surely hates more. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 21, 2017 at 8:40pm

"Border on the obscene?!?"  All you have to do is cite Psalm 137:9 or Judges 19:22-30 or Ezekiel 23:20 to pretty much obliterate that border!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 21, 2017 at 8:15pm

. . . as a guide for understanding the world, the Bible is pathetically inconsistent and outdated. And one might legitimately argue that as a guide for human behavior large swaths of it border on the obscene.

--Lawrence Krauss

Comment by Daniel W on March 21, 2017 at 3:53pm

Mark Twain, from his Autobiography:

There is one notable thing about our Christianity: bad, bloody, merciless, money-grabbing, and predatory as it is – in our country particularly and in all other Christian countries in a somewhat modified degree – it is still a hundred times better than the Christianity of the Bible, with its prodigious crime – the invention of Hell. Measured by our Christianity of to-day, bad as it is, hypocritical as it is, empty and hollow as it is, neither the Deity nor his Son is a Christian, nor qualified for that moderately high place. Ours is a terrible religion. The fleets of the world could swim in spacious comfort in the innocent blood it has spilled."

Comment by Loren Miller on March 21, 2017 at 6:19am

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
-- Winston Churchill

Clearly a fact of life which, if he doesn't fully appreciate it, 45 pretty clearly employs anyway.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 20, 2017 at 6:25am

If we long for our planet to be important, there is something we can do about it.  We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers.
-- Carl Sagan, “Cosmos”

 

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