Started by Wakefield, December 30, 2012, 01:55:32 PM
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Quote"The secret of a full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow, as if you might not be there tomorrow. ... This thought has made me more and more attentive to all encounters, meetings, introductions, which might contain the seed of depth that might be carelessly overlooked."This feeling has become a rarity, and rarer every day now that we have reached a hastier and more superficial rhythm, now that we believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people, more people, more countries. This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us. The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision."
QuoteCynthia: "... You know, I'd like to quit thinking of the present, like right now, as some minor insignificant preamble to something else".
QuoteNo matter how the wind howls, the mountain cannot bow to it.
Quote from: mc ukrneal on December 31, 2012, 12:11:50 PMI've always rather liked this one....- Emperor from Mulan (though perhaps they stole it from someone else)
QuoteA woman is sitting in her old, shuttered house. She knows that she is alone in the whole world; every other thing is dead. The doorbell rings.
QuoteYoung netters won't remember actor Raymond Massey, Canadian actor who played the part of Abraham Lincoln in Robert Sherwood's classic and very successful Broadway play about that great president. Massey was almost a double of Abraham Lincoln in looks even without any makeup. He seemed to grow into the part even off-stage in words, looks, and actions. Someone said he was trying to grow a face wart to make the Lincoln look even more authentic."Uncanny, isn't it?" someone remarked to George S. Kaufman, famousplaywright."Uncanny indeed!" replied Kaufman; "Massey won't be satisfied until he is assasinated!"
QuoteEvil is unspectacular and always human,And shares our bed and eats at our own table.
Quote from: W.H. AudenEvil is unspectacular and always human,And shares our bed and eats at our own table.
Quote from: DavidRoss on January 15, 2013, 08:33:48 AMAnd believes itself righteous, morally and intellectually superior, thus entitled to FORCE others to do its bidding. And thus willfully blinds itself to its own embodiment of the essence of evil, which is FORCING another to do your bidding.
Quote from: Gordon Shumway on January 16, 2013, 08:40:34 AMCoincidentally, these days I'm reading a book by Lorenzo Infantino titled Ignorance and Freedom (I'm really reading the Spanish translation of the original in Italian), which sustains this interesting idea: ignorance (= the conscience of our fallibility) is the true foundation of democracy, free market and scientific thought. Right now, I'm thinking this is probably one of the real foundations of the whole life (we are always exposed to be wrong), being our worst enemy any position which claims any kind of "privileged knowledge about the world".P.S.: That said, I'll need to explain my avatar some day.
Quote from: DavidRoss on January 16, 2013, 09:23:58 AMYes. Awareness of our own ignorance is the beginning of wisdom. True democracy, with the power of individuals constrained by the rule of law, is the political expression of that awareness. Free trade is the economic expression of it. Science is the intellectual expression of it.The delusion that we know what's best for ourselves -- let alone for other people -- causes much needless suffering in our world ... especially when our arrogance is so great that we believe we're entitled to violate others' rights and force them to do our will, "for their own good."Sadly, history shows that not only are we slow learners, but we quickly forget what we've learned, and thus take for granted what's been hard-won by the blood of our forebears.
QuoteDemocracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Quote"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Quote from: Geo Dude on January 16, 2013, 03:55:05 PMReading this discussion reminds me of a Nietzsche quote:"Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies."I first read that as a teenager and found it bizarre, but now in my ripe old age (mid 20s ) I take his point. A lie can generally be disproved. Good luck disproving a conviction. Never mind the fact that a strong enough conviction can make one believe that telling lies is fine if it's for the cause....
Quote from: Florestan on January 18, 2013, 12:16:05 AMPeople in those old times had convictions; we moderns only have opinions. And it needs more than a mere opinion to erect a Gothic cathedral. - Heinrich Heine
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