Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

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Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

A place to share the words of others (or your own!) which have been impactful in your life, whether they're serious, poignant, humorous, or just something worth noting.

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I have been a quote collector and quote monger for at least as long as I've been an atheist and probably a good deal longer.  My admiration for those who enjoy reputations as wordsmiths extends even further back, whether we're talking about John F. Kennedy's assertion: "We choose to go to the moon," George Santayana's warning: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it," or James T. Kirk's deft observation when faced with the dauntingly huge First Federation ship: "Not chess, Mr. Spock ... poker!"

The realm of atheist activism has had its own share of verbal craftsmen and women, from Madalyn Murray O'Hair's: "An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church." to Aron Ra's succinct: "If you can't show it, you don't know it."

Regardless of the topic, these are words which are capable of fomenting inspiration, reflection, and sometimes even action.  They can educate and illuminate the human condition and allow us to better know ourselves.  That said, here is an open invitation to share those words which have been particularly meaningful or impactful or timely or just special to you for one reason or another.

Let's share those words and have fun!

One bit of clerical business: please hold your quotes in the comment area below to 20 lines or 200 words.  One comment should not so dominate the Home page of this group that no other comment is visible.  That way, the briefer comments and quotes of all participants are more likely to be seen, read, and appreciated.  If you have a long quote or commentary, create a post, please.

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Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Saturday. 2 Replies

The word “Permaculture” is the combination of the two words “permanent” and “agriculture.” It is a method of agricultural philosophy that allows gardeners to create and sustain growing food in a way…Continue

Tags: production, shelter, food, permaculture, Mollison

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 10. 5 Replies

On 31 May, 2018, Joan Denoo posted a most excellent quote from David Hume: That quote was well deserving of a response, which is the following:The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever…Continue

Tags: flawed, vulnerable, emotion, god

Will McAvoy's Rant: "America Is NOT the World's Greatest Country"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 3 Replies

Aaron Sorkin has a habit of swinging for the fences when he writes political commentary as entertainment for television.  This was first evinced in the network television series, The West Wing, and…Continue

Tags: The Newsroom, Will McAvoy, Aaron Sorkin

Ingersoll Day August 11th

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Aug 12. 2 Replies

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)"When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood…Continue

Tags: fearless, joyous, freedom, Day, agnostic

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Comment by Patricia on August 15, 2018 at 12:33am

Excellent write up, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 14, 2018 at 11:56pm

Remember, the Europeans and other nationalities came to the vast forests, deserts, rivers, and mountains and feared these natural elements? The Native populations did not fear nature; they did not attempt or expect to control it. The early immigrants wanted to conquer mother nature. They held the notion of "social Darwinism," that "the strong survive," including Homo sapiens. This belief promoted the notion that the white European race was superior to others, and therefore, destined to rule over them.

So, here we have a history of some men and women believing they were superior to nature, to natural processes, to other creatures that did not look like them, or had different skin color, or different skull sizes, or who had different languages. All of nature was to be subdued, conquered, manipulated and exploited and it was their god's plan for their lives. God planned to give everything, water, soils, air, minerals, gases, mountains, fertile valleys, all that swam, crawled, or flew to the fittest. They self-defined themselves as more fit than all other elements and therefore were entitled to everything.

The Belgians thought they were superior to those who lived in what we once called the Congo. The Black men were expected to go into the jungle, cover their bodies with liquid rubber from trees and return to have the substance stripped from their bodies causing pain and infections. If the men refused to do so, the Belgians cut off the hands and feet of their children and women. The Belgians believed they were entitled to the goods and services of the people of the Congo. 

I am now in touch with many Black people who live in the former Congo and have the last name "Denoo." Is that not strange? I have been trying, unsuccessfully, to find common ancestors. I talked with several of my relatives in Belgium who either worked in the Congo or who had ancestors who went there to gain vast riches for the Belgian King Leopold. 

I am not proud of my Belgian heritage, however, it does explain how and why my father and his family felt entitled to be in control and used whatever means they needed to achieve that goal. 

 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 14, 2018 at 10:08pm

I used to wonder why this horrified them so much them too.  They've been programmed to believe the nonsensical notion that humans are somehow "above" nature, and thus being "mere" animals is repugnant to them. But I'd surmise it's mostly the fact that it blows out of the water a significant part of their core narrative, required to ensure further generations of abject followers.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2018 at 9:25pm

What we have for distant ancestors may not be quite ape, but neither are they entirely human either.  Oddly, I find that I don't mind being an ape, and I wonder why those who so vehemently deny that ancestry do so with such fervor.  What are they afraid of?

Comment by Patricia on August 14, 2018 at 9:21pm

Me too, Bertold.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2018 at 9:20pm

Damn, Bertold ... that one hit center-bull.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 14, 2018 at 9:20pm
I'd rather have an ape for an ancestor than a bishop.

~Thomas Henry Huxley
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 14, 2018 at 9:15pm
"In fighting for his God everyone, in fact, fights only for the interests of his own vanity."

~Percy Bysshe Shelley
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 14, 2018 at 4:04pm

I have no interest in people in government who believe in a god that is "the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 14, 2018 at 2:40pm

Even Glacier National Park is on fire.

Now even Glacier National Park is on fire — and yes, climate change...

Eric Holthaus

... Saturday was the hottest day in the history of Glacier National Park, and its first recorded time reaching 100 degrees F.

Loren, the framing which you emphasized, "Chimerical and empty being", is perfect!"

 

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