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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have dominion over the fish of the sea, & over the fowl of the air, & over every living thing

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 25. 2 Replies

Genesis 1:28"Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon…Continue

Tags: shrivel, consequence, loss, abandon, exploit

Basket Ball Head Coach Gregg Popovich Scolds Donald Trump (from Yahoo Sports and Google)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 2. 1 Reply

Gregg Charles Popovich is an American professional basketball coach and general manager. He is the head coach and President of the San Antonio Spurs, of the National Basketball Association [per…Continue

Tags: Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump, Gregg Popovich

Ten things that explain the incredible power of Moore's Law

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman May 4. 3 Replies

"Moore’s Law, which states that the number of transistors per integrated circuit will double approximately every 18-24 months, has become the defining metaphor of the modern technological age. As a…Continue

Tags: shrinking, smartphone, performance, innovation, level

The core of permaculture is design.

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 5. 0 Replies

"The core of permaculture is design. Design is the connection between things. It’s the very opposite of what we’re taught in school. Education takes everything and pulls it apart and makes no…Continue

Tags: connection, design, permaculture

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Comment by Loren Miller on Saturday

God is an hypothesis, and, as such, stands in need of proof: the onus probandi [burden of proof] rests on the theist.
-- Percy Bysshe Shelley

And to date, that burden has remained unmet ... and I suspect will continue to be so for some time.

Comment by Patricia on Friday

Awwwww duh porr widdle gaaaaaawd.......

Comment by Loren Miller on June 26, 2020 at 5:59am

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How ironic is that? [pretty ironic!]

Comment by Loren Miller on June 25, 2020 at 7:41am

Are your convictions so fragile that mine cannot stand in opposition to them? Is your God so illusory that the presence of my Devil reveals his insufficiency?
-- Doug Wright, Quills

I personally suspect this is the case with a lot of Christians. The only way they can be secure in their faith is to make sure that EVERYONE agrees with them. Not gonna happen.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 24, 2020 at 10:50pm

Loren, in my opinion the process of change differs now from previous centuries. Who would have imagined that vast numbers of people would prefer comfortable lies to knowing the real world, to the extent that lies dominate public discourse and policy? While many embraced apocalyptic predictions in the past, we live through the early stages of a global apocalypse, visible through satellite eyes (like Siberia being 10 degrees C above average).

While the planet struggles with a pandemic, the last window to stop climate destabilization closes.

I see change today as more vast, multidimensional, fractal and penetrating than it had been. By penetrating, I mean that people's identities and ability to make sense of the world are shifting rapidly, often at the whim of media and mouthpieces wielded by corporate (non-human) entities.

We cling to fantasy to maintain sanity, and here I speak for myself too. Sci-fi rerun marathons have become an island of stability as the pandemic shoots out of control in two thirds of the country, and the justice department is co-opted for not-justice.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 24, 2020 at 5:10am

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
-- Alphonse Karr

"The more things change, the more they stay the same." Meant to be a commentary on the consistency of human nature in the midst of change around him and her, but I disagree. The change is sometimes glacial in speed, but Homo sapiens HAS changed over the centuries and millennia, in our nature and behavior. Some of us lag behind while others jump ahead, but the overall process of change persists, in my opinion.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2020 at 12:12am

Oh! My goodness! Are you finding his description of society faulty or his vision of a preferable future? I shall read more and expect to disagree with you. Give me some time to discover his values. 

Comment by Loren Miller on June 23, 2020 at 10:16pm

Pardon me, Joan, but Joel is full of it.  He assumes that the status quo will maintain and Trump will dominate for yet another four years.

To employ an overused cliche: "I don't think so."

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 23, 2020 at 10:09pm

"The US future exists 'as mass serfdom.' A property-less underclass will survive by servicing the needs of high earners as personal assistants, trainers, child-minders, cooks, cleaners, et cetera."

~ Joel Kotkin, internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political, and social trends.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 23, 2020 at 5:49am

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And as surely as there was a surfeit of those dubious qualities back in the 1960s during the Civil Rights movement, we are being flooded by an administration bearing much the same attributes in the here and now.

 

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