Philosophy


 I would rather be ashes than dust!
   I would rather that my spark should burn out
   in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled
   by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom
   of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.

  I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
 I shall use my time. 

Jack London

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“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty,” he said, in 1954. “We must remember always that accusation is not proof, and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law.”

    “We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular.”

Edward R. Murrow, 1954

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 Living in a Grateful World

Be grateful to those who have hurt or harmed you,
for they have enforced your determination.

 Be grateful to those who have deceived you,
for they have deepened your insight.

 Be grateful to those who have hit you,
for they have reduced your karmic obstacles.

 Be grateful to those who have abandoned you,
for they have taught you to be independent.

 Be grateful to those who have made you stumble,
for they have strengthened your ability.

 Be grateful to those who have denounced you,
for they have increased your wisdom and concentration.

 Be grateful to those who have made you firm and resolute
and helped in your achievement.

– The Venerable Master Chin Kung

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  “Liberty—the freedom from unwarranted intrusion by government—is as easily lost through insistent nibbles by government officials who seek to do their jobs too well as by those whose purpose it is to oppress; the piranha can be as deadly as the shark.”
United States v. $124,570, 873 F.2d 1240, 1246 (9th Cir. 1989)

 

“In Germany, they first came for the communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Catholic. Then they came for me–and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.”
Martin Niemöller (1945) [he served seven years in a concentration camp]

 

“A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.”

Adlaia Stevenson 

So, let us be alert – alert in a twofold sense:
 
Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of.
And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake.
 
Victor E. Frankl
 
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign toour constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to

their acts of pretended legislation.    – Declaration of Independence
 
“..it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless

minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds..”  – Samuel Adams
 
“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is

striking at the root.”   — Henry David Thoreau          

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1/17/10 – IN MEMORY OF THOSE LOST IN HAITI:

You shall cross the barren desert,
but you shall not die of thirst.
You shall wander far in safety,
though you do not know the way.

You shall speak your words in foreign lands,
and all will understand,
You shall see the face of God and live.

Be not afraid,
I go before you always,
Come follow Me,
and I shall give you rest.

If you pass through raging waters
in the sea, you shall not drown.
If you walk amidst the burning flames,
you shall not be harmed.

If you stand before the pow’r of hell
and death is at your side,
know that I am with you, through it all

Be not afraid,
I go before you always,
Come follow Me,
and I shall give you rest.

Blessed are your poor,
for the Kingdom shall be theirs.
Blest are you that weep and mourn,
for one day you shall laugh.

And if wicked men insult and hate you, all because of Me,
blessed, blessed are you!

Be not afraid,
I go before you always,
Come follow Me,
and I shall give you rest.

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Mahatma Gandhi

“In the midst of death LIFE persists, In the midst of untruth TRUTH persists, In the midst of darkness LIGHT exists.”

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From Abraham Lincoln:

“Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.”

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

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