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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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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 30, 2017 at 5:17pm

Science should not be something that’s just thrown about to try and dictate policy in Washington DC.

--Scott Pruitt

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 30, 2017 at 3:38pm

Thanks for the latte Bertold,

Hating others does take the focus off oneself.....I was wondering... anger is experienced when one feels violated or trespassed upon vs hate is taught to get validation from others.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 30, 2017 at 3:25pm

Thomas--the quote is from a non-fiction work, Notes of a Native Son, published in 1955. I don't know specifically what he was referring to. The reason I thought it sounded significant is that a lot of hate seems to be a tribal projection directed at an "other." Without that hate, haters might be forced to confront truths they don't want to face. (Just my take, which along with $6.00 will buy you a latte)

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 30, 2017 at 3:05pm

Bertold,

What pain is James Baldwin referring to?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 30, 2017 at 1:35pm

I imagine that one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with pain.

--James Baldwin

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 30, 2017 at 7:49am

It's my experience that the very practice of science attunes one to a rich, mysterious world in which startling complexity resides around every corner. It often engenders humility.
Humility is one of the loveliest of human traits. It's often hard--won, and in every case it exists, it foments acceptance, kindness, and open-mindedness. These are qualities that improve the lives of all who experience them.

--Adam Savage

Comment by Loren Miller on August 30, 2017 at 6:58am

Atheists’ anger doesn’t prove that we’re selfish, or joyless, or miserable. It shows that we have compassion, and a sense of justice. We’re angry because we see terrible harm all around us, and we feel desperately motivated to stop it.
― Greta Christina

Greta hits the nail on the head here. There are tremendous wrongs which are inflicted on humankind, some natural, some caused by the very church we invented, and while they submit to that, claiming god's will, we rail against it, look for solutions to it, and wonder why they DON'T.

Comment by Alan Perlman on August 29, 2017 at 9:39pm

GREAT quote from Bertold.  Communism vs. capitalism, Sunni vs. Shi'ite, our country vs. yours, even atheism vs. religion -- it's just to pass time and keep ourselves busy.  This from Ikkyu (15th-century Zen monk and poet):

'In this world we eat, shit, sleep and wake up. After that, all we have to do is die."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 29, 2017 at 5:21pm

. . . there is not enough greatness or horror in any man or woman to turn the page of a vast nation.

--John Nichols.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 29, 2017 at 4:14pm

Dykes of Courage sounds like a new superhero flick.

 

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