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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

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 Daniel W on August 9, 2017 at 9:36am

BB, I had to add mental punctuation to your quote.  Without commas, I could not wrap my brain around it.  I think I got it.  There is a nougat of truth in it, I think, but not a universal truth.

Googling around, I found "The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching" by John Wooden

I'm not sure that is true.  I do think we can rewire our minds to be more constructive, inspirational, positive, and happier.  Not as an easy way, and not 100% everywhere, everyone, every time, but enough to make it worthwhile. 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 9, 2017 at 6:19am

I have been called arrogant myself in my time, and hope to earn the title again, but to claim that I am privy to the secrets of the universe and its creator - that's beyond my conceit.
― Christopher Hitchens

Interestingly enough, that last conceit is that which Hitchens' accusers reserved for themselves ... a trait which deserves the adjective: DISTURBING.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 8, 2017 at 6:09pm

We risk being the first people in history to have been
able to make their illusions so vivid, so persuasive,
so ‘realistic’ that they can live in them.


— Daniel J. Boorstin, The Image: A Guide to
Pseudo-Events in America (1961)

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2017 at 2:09pm

Bertold, I agree 100%  "focus on our shared ideals and the symbols—like Lady Liberty—that represent them."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 8, 2017 at 1:57pm

Daniel, that thought from Gandhi reminds me of something I heard quoted by a despised member of the Oregon Senate when I worked there  thirty some year ago:

The things you do that you don't have to will determine who you are when  you can't help it.

Comment by Daniel W on August 8, 2017 at 1:47pm
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 8, 2017 at 7:12am
The only people who are obsessed with food are anorexics and the morbidly obese, and that in erotic terms is the Catholic Church in a nutshell.

--Stephen Fry

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 8, 2017 at 7:01am

In a time when our highest elected officials seem resolutely—almost unbelievably—crass and self-centered, we need, all the more, to focus on our shared ideals and the symbols—like Lady Liberty—that represent them.


--Spencer Dew

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2017 at 6:51am

That catholic woman was evil.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 8, 2017 at 6:09am

Our weapons are the ironic mind against the literal: the open mind against the credulous; the courageous pursuit of truth against the fearful and abject forces who would set limits to investigation (and who stupidly claim that we already have all the truth we need). Perhaps above all, we affirm life over the cults of death and human sacrifice and are afraid, not of inevitable death, but rather of a human life that is cramped and distorted by the pathetic need to offer mindless adulation, or the dismal belief that the laws of nature respond to wailings and incantations.
― Christopher Hitchens

In other words, the mind which genuinely wants to LEARN as opposed to that which is terrified that such learning will dislodge their BELIEF.

 

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