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Quotation Of The Day

A place to post quotations that inspired you, made your day better, or made you pause and think.

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Mark Twain's War Prayer.

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

The Last American

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Andrew Apr 8. 4 Replies

Dan Rather on "Alternative Facts"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by eric stone Mar 6. 37 Replies

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Comment by Loren Miller on May 18, 2017 at 6:33am

Many religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands, like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar. They offer consolation and solidarity and uplift, competing as they do in a marketplace. But we have a right to remember how barbarically they behaved when they were strong and were making an offer that people could not refuse.
― Christopher Hitchens

It has been observed many times that religion is benign and tolerant and interested in minority rights when it itself is in the minority, without power or influence.  Once in the majority and empowered to act, minority rights and in particular the right to free speech and dissent go out the window.  Islam is an especial offender in this regard, and all you have to do is look at Saudi Arabia or Pakistan for examples.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 18, 2017 at 6:27am

I have liked that Asimov quote for a long time, Gary.  It is representative of the Dunning-Kruger effect, which may be a greater problem in the here and now than it has ever been before.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 17, 2017 at 11:38pm
"Traits that are common among psychopathic serial killers--a grandiose sense of self worth, persuasiveness, superficial charm, ruthlessness, lack of remorse, and the manipulation of others--are also shared by politicians and world leaders."

-- Jim Kouri, vice president of the U.S. National Association of Chiefs of Police, in The Wisdom of Psychopaths by Kevin Dutton, fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy.

Can it be? It can be.
Comment by Gary S on May 17, 2017 at 9:18pm

Those quotes also made me think of this one from Asimov:

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 17, 2017 at 12:42pm

Nice, Joan. One of The Hitch's close drinking pals had this to say:

A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.

--Salman Rushdie

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 17, 2017 at 12:31pm

Bertold, it seems the artists, painter, writer, poet, comedian, musician, can touch people's consciousness in ways that reasoning  cannot.

“there is an old quarrel between philosophy and poetry”

~ Plato, Republic, 607b5–6).

"Reason is the enumeration of qualities already known; imagination is the perception of the value of those qualities, both separately and as a whole. Reason respects the differences, and imagination the similitudes of things. Reason is to imagination as the instrument to the agent, as the body to the spirit, as the shadow to the substance."

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley, A Defence of Poetry, English Essays: Sidney to Macaulay. The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 17, 2017 at 5:57am

An important pair, from where I sit:

I don't accept the currently fashionable assertion that any view is automatically as worthy of respect as any equal and opposite view.
-- Scott Adams

I've searched my conscience, and I can't for the life of me find any justification for this, and I simply cannot accept that there are on every story two equal and logical sides to an argument.
-- Edward R. Murrow

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 16, 2017 at 7:29pm

Joan-- Here's the actual song. Misty is a genius and his album is a dark wonder.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2017 at 4:52pm

Bertold, WOW! He doesn't hold back on his statement! Here are his other words of the song, "Pure Comedy":

"Where did they find these goons they elected to rule them?

What makes these clowns they idolize so remarkable?

These mammals are hell-bent on fashioning new gods

So they can go on being godless animals

Oh comedy, their illusions they have no choice but to believe

Their horizons that just forever recede

And how's this for irony, their idea of being free is a prison of beliefs

That they never ever have to leave

Oh comedy, oh it's like something that a madman would conceive!

The only thing that seems to make them feel alive is the struggle to survive

But the only thing that they request is something to numb the pain with

Until there's nothing human left

Just random matter suspended in the dark

I hate to say it, but each other's all we got"

~ Father John Misty, Pure Comedy, Lyrics, 

~https://play.google.com/music/preview/Tberebwisco4h5u5uymw75rzbmi?l...

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 16, 2017 at 11:26am

Loren, on that same theme, I just last night ran into the lyrics of Father John Misty's recent song Pure Comedy:

The comedy of man starts like this
Our brains are way too big for our mothers' hips
And so Nature, she divines this alternative
We emerged half-formed and hope that whoever greets us on the other end
Is kind enough to fill us in
And, babies, that's pretty much how it's been ever since

Now the miracle of birth leaves a few issues to address
Like, say, that half of us are periodically iron deficient
So somebody's got to go kill something while I look after the kids
I'd do it myself, but what, are you going to get this thing its milk?
He says as soon as he gets back from the hunt, we can switch
It's hard not to fall in love with something so helpless
Ladies, I hope we don't end up regretting this

Comedy, now that's what I call pure comedy
Just waiting until the part where they start to believe
They're at the center of everything
And some all powerful being endowed this horror show with meaning

Oh, their religions are the best
They worship themselves yet they're totally obsessed
With risen zombies, celestial virgins, magic tricks, these unbelievable outfits
And they get terribly upset
When you question their sacred texts
Written by woman-hating epileptics

Their languages just serve to confuse them
Their confusion somehow makes them more sure
They build fortunes poisoning their offspring
And hand out prizes when someone patents the cure

 

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