Enjoying the enterprise...
Joel S. Goldsmith
Mark Twain's War Prayer
Populist Party Platform-1892
Robert F. Kennedy
What shapes us...
All too often idealism and optimism are mistaken for naiveté and ignorance.
I consciously choose to be idealistic and optimistic.
(Some days this choice is easier to make than others)
(Damian J. Kiska)
by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary
for you to make, I desire you will remember the ladies and be more generous
and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power
in the hands of husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could.
If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined
to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in
which we have no voice or representation.
“But you remember, “ she concluded, “that arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard… and notwithstanding all your wise laws and maxims, we have it in our power, not only to free ourselves, but to subdue our masters, and, without violence, throw your natural and legal authority at your feet.(Abigail Adams to John Adams, March & May 1776 )
"From a human point of view, globalization - a catchall phrase for
growing world trade, the growing linkages between financial markets in different
countries, and the many other ways in which the world is becoming a smaller
place - is the issue of the 21st century." p.365
"In the end, 19th-century imperialism was a diversion. It's hard not to suspect that the Bush doctrine is also a diversion - a diversion from the real issues of dysfunctional security agencies, a sinking economy, a devastated budget and a tattered relationship with our allies." p. 390
"If I have ended up more often than not writing pieces that attack the right wing, it's because the right wing now rules - and rules badly. It's not just that the policies are bad and irresponsible; our leaders lie about what they are up to." (Preface, p.xxvi)
(Paul Krugman, "The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way In The New Century")
biggest security concern of Americans today is not Iraq or Osama. It's the
fear that America itself could be weakened by short-term, greedy decisions,
taken by politicians squandering our hard-won surplus or corporate executives
squandering our pensions and undermining our markets. And Americans are
right to be concerned. Because without a strong America holding the world
together, and doing the right thing more often than not, the world really
would be a Hobbesian jungle."
"How we learn to live in a world where technology every day is erasing more and more walls - making it so much easier to communicate, trade, and integrate, but also so much easier for small groups to reach around the world and wreak great havoc thousands of miles away - is the great challeng of the new century."
(Thomas L. Friedman in "Longitudes And Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism")
in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate,
would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression
that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States
could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land."
( George H.W. Bush (Bush senior) and Brent Scowcroft in their 1998 book, "A World Transformed")
Ferdinand, who was the nephew of Austro-Hungarian Emperor,
was killed by a group called "The Black Hand". And because they were a Serbian nationalist society, the empire declared war on Serbia. Then Russia, which was bound by a treaty, was forced to mobilize; which meant that Germany had to declare war on Russia. Then France declared war on Germany. And that was World War I. Because the emperor's nephew was killed "
(Aaron Sorkin, West Wing)
Winters was none of these [regular army, fatherly, or flamboyant],
nor was he humorous or obstinate. "Nor at any time did Dick Winters
pretend to be God, nor at any time did he act other than a man!", according
to Rader. He was an officer who got the men to perform because he expected
nothing but the best, and "you liked him so much you just hated to
let him down." He was, and is, all but worshipped by the men of E Company."
(Stephen E. Ambrose, Band of Brothers, p 23)
Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells;
help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot
dead; help us to drown the thunder of guns with the shrieks of their wounded,
writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane
of fire; ...help us to turn them out roofless with their little children
to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land.... We ask it, in
the sprit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love."
(Mark Twain, after viewing a pre-emptive war in the Philippines a century ago)
It is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy,
or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.
Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the
leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked,
and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country
to danger. It works the same in every country."
(Herman Goerring, explaining his work on behalf of the Furher)
we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine
will organize it to an underground dictatorship. To restrict the art of
healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute
the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic
and have no place in a republic. The Constitution of this republic should
make special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom."
(Dr. Benjamin Rush - George Washington's physician, & only physician to sign the Declaration of Independence )
the stories told, when I am old, remind us plain and clear ...
That courage has no meaning without fear.
And the past is not a window ... but a mirror"
"...He's too old for games, and he's too bold to tame,
and he sees all the signals much clearer."
"... each Christmas come since World War I, I've learned it's lessons well.
That the ones who call the shots won't be among the dead and lame.
And on each end of the rifle... we're the same."
is a twofold threat to the scientific hierarchy. First, it threatens their
oracle authority. Secondly, it evokes the deeper fear that their whole laboriously
constructed authoritarian edifice may collapse."
"Resistance to innovation is clearly demonstrated, not by the ignorant masses, but by professionals with a vested interest in tradition and the monopoly of learning."
(Arthur Koestler, The Age of Velokovsky)
"CAPITALISM: The extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men,
for the nastiest of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of us all."
(John Maynard Keynes)
"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most
but the one most responsive to change."
who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security,
deserve neither liberty or security.
fight a lot...
Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed.
Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. "
"People like us, who believe in physics,
know that the distinction between past, present, and future
is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
"Things don't get better without getting different."
"Tomorrow is promised to no one."
not what you know... or who you know... it's who knows
"Illumination dissolves all material ties and binds men together with the golden chains of spiritual understanding; it acknowledges only the leadership of the Christ; it has no ritual rule but the divine, impersonal, universal Love; no other worship than the inner flame which is ever lit at the shrine of Spirit. This union is the free state of spiritual brotherhood. The only restraint is the discipline of Soul; therefore, we know liberty without license; we are a united universe without physical limits, a divine service to God without ceremony or creed. The illumined walk without fear - by Grace
"There is no God out here in space. The God there is, is hidden within us, waiting for each one of us to discover for himself. We do not have to go any place in time or space. The spiritual journey, the greatest of all adventures, is not made in time or space. It is a journey in consciousness - and this journey no one can make for us."
(Joel S. Goldsmith)
you awaken to who and what you are, |
everyone automatically awakens to who and what you are,
without a word spoken.
(Rusty Berkus, in "Appearances: Clearings Through the Masks of Our Existence")
"It is from numberless diverce acts of courage
and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an
ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice,
he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing ech other from a million
different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which
can sweep down the mightiest walls of opression and resistance."
(Robert F. Kennedy - Affirmation Day, the University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1966)
put us here for recognition, or a pat on the back.
be dismayed good-byes.
A farewell is necessary before you can meet again.
And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes,
is certain for those who are friends."
"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours."
(Richard Bach, Illusions)
left us... All of us... a powerful legacy.
A way of thinking and acting that makes us Klingon.
If his words hold wisdom, and his philosophy is honorable,
what does it matters if he returns?
What is important is that we follow his teachings.
Perhaps the words are more imporant than the man.
(Kahless - Star Trek: Next Generation)
dominates the ballot-box, the Legislatures, the Congress and touches even
the ermine of the bench. The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen
to build up colossal fortunes for a few, unprecedented in the history of
mankind; and the possessors of these, in turn, despise the Republic and
(National platform of the Populist Party, 1892)
wanted only to try to live in accord with the promptings which came
from my true self.
Why was that so very difficult?"
(Herman Hesse, Demian) a longer excerpt...
look back across those years like someone who is safely
on the other side of a tight rope. Only now that it's over do I scare myself.
What shapes us... is not how weak we can be...
but how strong."
(I'll fly Away)
A hand open, an arm raised high -
willing to help and love yet always climbing and striving for the best.
High goals and hopes always met with force, optimism, and a content smile.
Thank you for your kindness and though
I hope all the best things in this world for you, I'm sure you will attain them.
a non-secret admirer
to the neglect of our defenses and the mishandling of the German problem
in the last five years, we seem to be very near the bleak choice between
War and Shame. My feeling is that we shall choose Shame, and then have War
thrown in a little later, on even more adverse terms than at present"
(Winston Churchill in a letter to Lord Moyne, 1938)
thoughts about taking school seriously, and growing with the experience
of learning and probing new ideas seems great. Keep it up. There is so
much to discover and learn that it seems a great challenge to go about
it somewhat seriously; and yet try enjoying the enterprise, maintaining
a bit of self-criticism and humor in the process. It is all such a big
job that to make sense of it all is a bit difficult - a moment of laughter
a the prospect, and at ourselves, comes in quite handy at vital moments."