“I have the greatest admiration for your propaganda. Propaganda in the West is carried out by experts who have had the best training in the world — in the field of advertizing — and have mastered the techniques with exceptional proficiency … Yours are subtle and persuasive; ours are crude and obvious … I think that the fundamental difference between our worlds, with respect to propaganda, is quite simple. You tend to believe yours … and we tend to disbelieve ours.”
~~ a Soviet correspondent based five years in the U.S.
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
~~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Contentment brings ever lasting joy.
You can fool some of the people all of the time,
and all of the people some of the time,
but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.
If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re un-informed. If you do read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed. – Mark Twain
“I sit upon a rock allowing the pounding sea to watch me
and speak to me, thus does my body learn its place in nature.
But there is no place for I am one with the sea and the land.
I have come from the universe, I am the universe.
As I sit on the rock I fondle an ovoid pebble.
My eyes look at it and I speak to it with my hands…
Words do not let you think, they stop you from thinking freely.
If you think in words your mind will travel down pre-constructed tramlines,
you will not talk to the pebbles or to the trees.
You will fail to see what is”
Why Aristotelian logic does not work
”Mankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away.”
~ Confucius, BC 551-479, Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher
“Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the Bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst yourselves, and when you lost, you charged it to the Bank… Beyond question this great and powerful institution has been actively engaged in attempting to influence the elections of the public officers by means of its money…
You tell me that if I take the deposits from the Bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin. Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin. You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the grace of the Eternal God, I will rout you out.”
Andrew Jackson on The Second Bank of the United States which was the Central Bank of his day.
A dangerously simplistic view? More like common sense, and the plain spoken truth, at last. You have been given a Republic, indeed, if you can keep it, if only for the honor of your fathers, and the sake of your children.
“Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe
nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because
it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of
divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe
only what you yourself test and judge to be true.” [paraphrased Buddhist
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
~~ Aldous Huxley