"If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people to not kill each other? Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want." - Mother Teresa of Calcutta
For I agree with you that there is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents. Formerly bodily powers gave place among the aristoi. But since the invention of gunpowder has armed the weak as well as the strong with missile death, bodily strength, like beauty, good humor, politeness and other accomplishments, has become but an auxiliary ground of distinction. There is also an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth, without either virtue or talents; for with these it would belong to the first class. The natural aristocracy I consider as the most precious gift of nature for the instruction, the trusts, and government of society. And indeed it would have been inconsistent in creation to have formed man for the social state, and not to have provided virtue and wisdom enough to manage the concerns of the society. May we not even say that that form of government is the best which provides the most effectually for a pure selection of these natural aristoi into the offices of government? The artificial aristocracy is a mischievous ingredient in government, and provision should be made to prevent it's ascendancy. 
"Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American...[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people." – Tenche Coxe
"If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun."
- the Dalai Lama, May 15th 2001,
Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who kept their swords
"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty."
- Adolf Hitler, April 11th 1942
No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson 1776
" Thomas Jefferson
"The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." – Thomas Jefferson
"The laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Can it be supposed that those who have the courage to violate the most sacred laws of humanity...will respect the less important and arbitrary ones... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants, they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
~Thomas Jefferson, quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria in "On Crimes and Punishment."
"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun, therefore, be the constant companion of your walks."
-Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, 1785. ME 5:85, Papers 8:407
- Mt.10:34 - Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. No, I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
- Lu 22:36 - Then said he unto them, He that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
"Rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon—so long as there is no answer to it—gives claws to the weak." – George Orwell
"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” – George Washington
In a truly civil society peopled primarily by enlightened, sober individuals, the carriage of arms might be deemed gratuitous, but it is nonetheless harmless. In a society that measures up to anything less than that, the option to carry arms is a necessity. - G.W.A.45
- Mt. 6:22-23
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23 “But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
- Jesus Christ
"Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: 'Men have forgotten God; that's why all this ha...s happened.' Since then I have spent well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: 'Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened.'"
- Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn
"Never assume malice when stupidity will suffice."
"One of the reasons for conspiracy theories is an assumption that people in high places always know what they are doing. When they do something that makes no sense, devious reasons are imagined by conspiracy theorists, when in fact it may be due to plain old ignorance and incompetence." - Thomas Sowell
"The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy." - Woodrow Wilson
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.
- Attributed to Thomas Jefferson
"Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent." -John Maynard Keynes
- "Public schools are government-established, politician- and bureaucrat-controlled, fully politicized, taxpayer-supported, authoritarian socialist institutions. In fact, the public-school system is one of the purest examples of socialism existing in America."
- Thomas L. Johnson
"divide every county into wards of 5 or 6 miles square, like your townships; to establish in each ward a free school for reading, writing and common arithmetic; to provide for the annual selection of the best subjects from these schools who might recieve at the public expence a higher degree of education at a district school; and from these district schools to select a certain number of the most promising subjects to be completed at an University, where all the useful sciences should be taught. Worth and genius would thus have been sought out from every condition of life, and completly prepared by education for defeating the competition of wealth and birth for public trusts."
"Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both." Thomas Jefferson
"Every member of the society spies on the rest, and it is his duty to inform against them. All are slaves and equal in their slavery... The great thing about it is equality... Slaves are bound to be equal."
- Fyoder Dostoyevsky
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery." – Winston Churchill
"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.’
— T. E. Lawrence
"When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."
Jonathan Swift: (Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting)
- Isaiah 6:3 And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”
- James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever.
-Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1781
Dear Sir, — The wishes expressed, in your last favor, that I may continue in life and health until I become a Calvinist, at least in his exclamation of `mon Dieu! jusque à quand'! would make me immortal. I can never join Calvin in addressing his god. He was indeed an Atheist, which I can never be; or rather his religion was Dæmonism. If ever man worshipped a false god, he did. The being described in his 5. points is not the God whom you and I acknowledge and adore, the Creator and benevolent governor of the world; but a dæmon of malignant spirit. It would be more pardonable to believe in no god at all, than to blaspheme him by the atrocious attributes of Calvin. Indeed I think that every Christian sect gives a great handle to Atheism by their general dogma that, without a revelation, there would not be sufficient proof of the being of a god. Now one sixth of mankind only are supposed to be Christians: the other five sixths then, who do not believe in the Jewish and Christian revelation, are without a knowledge of the existence of a god! This gives completely a gain de cause to the disciples of Ocellus, Timaeus, Spinosa, Diderot and D'Holbach. The argument which they rest on as triumphant and unanswerable is that, in every hypothesis of Cosmogony you must admit an eternal pre-existence of something; and according to the rule of sound philosophy, you are never to employ two principles to solve a difficulty when one will suffice. They say then that it is more simple to believe at once in the eternal pre-existence of the world, as it is now going on, and may for ever go on by the principle of reproduction which we see and witness, than to believe in the eternal pre-existence of an ulterior cause, or Creator of the world, a being whom we see not, and know not, of whose form substance and mode or place of existence, or of action no sense informs us, no power of the mind enables us to delineate or comprehend. On the contrary I hold (without appeal to revelation) that when we take a view of the Universe, in it's parts general or particular, it is impossible for the human mind not to perceive and feel a conviction of design, consummate skill, and indefinite power in every atom of it's composition. The movements of the heavenly bodies, so exactly held in their course by the balance of centrifugal and centripetal forces, the structure of our earth itself, with it's distribution of lands, waters and atmosphere, animal and vegetable bodies, examined in all their minutest particles, insects mere atoms of life, yet as perfectly organized as man or mammoth, the mineral substances, their generation and uses, it is impossible, I say, for the human mind not to believe that there is, in all this, design, cause and effect, up to an ultimate cause, a fabricator of all things from matter and motion, their preserver and regulator while permitted to exist in their present forms, and their regenerator into new and other forms. We see, too, evident proofs of the necessity of a superintending power to maintain the Universe in it's course and order. Stars, well known, have disappeared, new ones have come into view, comets, in their incalculable courses, may run foul of suns and planets and require renovation under other laws; certain races of animals are become extinct; and, were there no restoring power, all existences might extinguish successively, one by one, until all should be reduced to a shapeless chaos. So irresistible are these evidences of an intelligent and powerful Agent that, of the infinite numbers of men who have existed thro' all time, they have believed, in the proportion of a million at least to Unit, in the hypothesis of an eternal pre-existence of a creator, rather than in that of a self-existent Universe. Surely this unanimous sentiment renders this more probable than that of the few in the other hypothesis. Some early Christians indeed have believed in the coeternal pre-existence of both the Creator and the world, without changing their relation of cause and effect. That this was the opinion of St. Thomas, we are informed by Cardinal Toleto, in these words `Deus ab æterno fuit jam omnipotens, sicut cum produxit mundum. Ab aeterno potuit producere mundum. — Si sol ab aeterno esset, lumen ab aeterno esset; et si pes, similiter vestigium. At lumen et vestigium effectus sunt efficientis solis et pedis; potuit ergo cum causa aeterna effectus coaeterna esse. Cujus sententiae est S. Thomas Theologorum primus' Cardinal Toleta.
Of the nature of this being we know nothing. Jesus tells us that `God is a spirit.' 4. John 24. but without defining what a spirit is pneyma o Theos. Down to the 3d. century we know that it was still deemed material; but of a lighter subtler matter than our gross bodies. So says Origen. `Deus igitur, cui anima similis est, juxta Originem, reapte corporalis est; sed graviorum tantum ratione corporum incorporeus.' These are the words of Huet in his commentary on Origen. Origen himself says `appelatio asomaton apud nostros scriptores est inusitata et incognita.' So also Tertullian `quis autem negabit Deum esse corpus, etsi deus spiritus? Spiritus etiam corporis sui generis, in sua effigie.' Tertullian. These two fathers were of the 3d. century. Calvin's character of this supreme being seems chiefly copied from that of the Jews. But the reformation of these blasphemous attributes, and substitution of those more worthy, pure and sublime, seems to have been the chief object of Jesus in his discourses to the Jews: and his doctrine of the Cosmogony of the world is very clearly laid down in the 3 first verses of the 1st. chapter of John, in these words:
en arche en o logos, kai o logos en pros ton Theon kai Theos en o logos. `otos en en arche pros ton Theon. Panta de ayto egeneto, kai choris ayto egeneto ode en, o gegonen
Which truly translated means `in the beginning God existed, and reason (or mind) was with God, and that mind was God. This was in the beginning with God. All things were created by it, and without it was made not one thing which was made'. Yet this text, so plainly declaring the doctrine of Jesus that the world was created by the supreme, intelligent being, has been perverted by modern Christians to build up a second person of their tritheism by a mistranslation of the word logos. One of it's legitimate meanings indeed is `a word.' But, in that sense, it makes an unmeaning jargon: while the other meaning `reason', equally legitimate, explains rationally the eternal preexistence of God, and his creation of the world. Knowing how incomprehensible it was that `a word,' the mere action or articulation of the voice and organs of speech could create a world, they undertake to make of this articulation a second preexisting being, and ascribe to him, and not to God, the creation of the universe. The Atheist here plumes himself on the uselessness of such a God, and the simpler hypothesis of a self-existent universe. The truth is that the greatest enemies to the doctrines of Jesus are those calling themselves the expositors of them, who have perverted them for the structure of a system of fancy absolutely incomprehensible, and without any foundation in his genuine words. And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this the most venerated reformer of human errors.
So much for your quotation of Calvin's `mon dieu! jusqu'a quand' in which, when addressed to the God of Jesus, and our God, I join you cordially, and await his time and will with more readiness than reluctance. May we meet there again, in Congress, with our ancient Colleagues, and receive with them the seal of approbation `Well done, good and faithful servants.'
( Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, from Monticello, April 11, 1823; Lester J. Cappon, ed., The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence, Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1987, pp. 591-594. )
It is He who is revealed in every face, sought in every sign, gazed upon by every eye, worshipped in every object of worship, and pursued in the unseen and the visible. Not a single one of His creatures can fail to find Him in its primordial and original nature.
The Mahavakyas are:
1. Prajnanam Brahma - "Consciousness is Brahman" (Aitareya Upanishad 3.3 of the Rig Veda) 2. Ayam Atma Brahma - "This Self (Atman) is Brahman" (Mandukya Upanishad 1.2 of the Atharva Veda) 3. Tat Tvam Asi - "Thou art That" (Chandogya Upanishad 6.8.7 of the Sama Veda) 4. Aham Brahmasmi - "I am Brahman" (Brhadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.10 of the Yajur Veda)
- The historian should be fearless and incorruptible; a man of independence, loving frankness and truth; one who, as the poet says, calls a fig a fig and a spade a spade. He should yield to neither hatred nor affection, but should be unsparing and unpitying. He should be neither shy nor deprecating, but an impartial judge, giving each side all it deserves but no more. He should know in his writings no country and no city; he should bow to no authority and acknowledge no king. He should never consider what this or that man will think, but should state the facts as they really occurred.
"As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality."
- Albert Einstein
Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.
"When goods don't cross borders, soldiers will." – Frédéric Bastiat
"Men's natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart." - Confucius
- Mt 22:36-22:40 "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."
- Jesus (bold text)
- Mt 7:15-7:20
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
"A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats."
"Oh, judge, your damn laws: the good people don't need them and the bad people don't follow them so what good are they?" - Ammon Hennacy
"Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves." — Bill Hicks
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. --Plato
Pope Pius XIEdit
"[J]ust as it is wrong to withdraw from the individual and commit to the community at large what private enterprise and industry can accomplish, so, too, it is an injustice, a grave evil and a disturbance of right order for a larger and higher organization to arrogate to itself functions which can be performed efficiently by smaller and lower bodies."
Pope Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno, 1931.
You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or a right. There is only an up or down: up to man's age-old dream -- the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order -- or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.
Ronald Reagan, Republican National Convention, 1964
- If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
- Sun Tzu
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
The more laws, the less justice.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
Kon Fu TzuEdit
"At the age of fifteen I inspired to study. I became independent at thirty. At forty I was certain of what I ought to do. I learned the mission given to me from heaven by fifty. I could begin to listen to others at sixty and did not break the natural law even though I did as I pleased at the age of seventy."
- Kon Fu Tzu
"The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home."
"Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." John Adams
"Human law is law only by virtue of its accordance with right reason; and thus it is manifest that it flows from the eternal law. And in so far as it deviates from right reason it is called an unjust law; in such case it is no law at all, but rather a species of violence."
-Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae, Ia-Ilae, q. xciii, art. 3, ad 2m.
"The strange phenomenon of our times – one which will probably astound our descendants – is the doctrine based on this triple hypothesis: the total inertness of mankind, the omnipotence of the law, and the infallibility of the legislator. These three ideas form the sacred symbol of those who proclaim themselves totally democratic. "
Frédéric Bastiat, the Law
"We are increasingly governed not by law or elected representatives but by an unelected, unrepresentative, unaccountable committee of lawyers applying no will but their own."
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
"Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions." – Albert Einstein
A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have. Gerald Ford, 1974
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting that vote.
– Benjamin Franklin
"I swear to the Lord I still can't see Why Democracy means Everybody but me." - Langston Hughes, The Black Man Speaks
The great strength of the totalitarian state is that it forces those who fear it to imitate it. - Adolf Hitler
"The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category." – Adolf Hitler
"There are rights which it is useless to surrender to the government and which governments have yet always been found to invade. These are the rights of thinking and publishing our thoughts by speaking or writing; the right of free commerce; the right of personal freedom. There are instruments for administering the government so peculiarly trustworthy that we should never leave the legislature at liberty to change them. The new Constitution has secured these in the executive and legislative department, but not in the judiciary. It should have established trials by the people themselves, that is to say, by jury. There are instruments so dangerous to the rights of the nation and which place them so totally at the mercy of their governors that those governors, whether legislative or executive, should be restrained from keeping such instruments on foot but in well-defined cases. Such an instrument is a standing army."
Thomas Jefferson ~ Letter to David Humphreys (1789)
Our power does not know liberty or justice. It is established on the destruction of the individual will. -Vladimir Lenin
Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.
"Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others."
"Liberalism is the transformation of mankind into cattle." – Friedrich Nietzsche
"Democracy is a shouting match between morons, with big business writing the bullet-points."
- "If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin."
- Charles Darwin
"Admittedly, a homosexual can be conditioned to react sexually to a woman, or to an old boot for that matter. In fact, both homo- and heterosexual experimental subjects have been conditioned to react sexually to an old boot, and you can save a lot of money that way."
- William Burroughs
"If you treat an individual as he is, he will stay as he is, but if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- " And in the process of realizing that I realized that in the process of being in the streets, as I left I felt a void, and I realized what that void was. And that void was that, yeah, we went in and talked to them and tried to encourage them and tried to influence them but we met no needs. We didn't create jobs. We didn't help the young girl that was pregnant through her problems. We didn't help the drug addict get off drugs or the drug dealers to stop dealing. We didn't help anyone.
- We just went in with a message that really had no credence to it, and from the process of that I began to realize that there had to be opportunities that were created, and those opportunities created as a minister I wouldn't have to go in and preach because the people would come in to us and our message would be able to get over to them the way we wanted to by helping to meet their needs.
- I realized really in reading the Bible, that really before Jesus told anybody who he was he met their needs first. He cared about them first and he tried to understand them and tried to get them to understand him by his love for them, and I began to realize that you can not help people if you don't care about people, if you don't have a compassion for them. " Reggie White, Wednesday, March 25, 1998 before the Wisconsin State Assembly 
1Peter3:7"Married men, in the same way, live with your wives with a clear recognition of the fact that they are weaker than you. Yet, since you are heirs with them of God's free gift of Life, treat them with honour; so that your prayers may not be hindered."
"Wives, be under the authority of your husbands, as of the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church, being himself the saviour of the body.
And as the church is under Christ's authority, so let wives be under the rule of their husbands in all things.
Husbands, have love for your wives, even as Christ had love for the church, and gave himself for it; So that he might make it holy, having made it clean with the washing of water by the word, And might take it for himself, a church full of glory, not having one mark or fold or any such thing; but that it might be holy and complete.
Even so it is right for husbands to have love for their wives as for their bodies. He who has love for his wife has love for himself: For no man ever had hate for his flesh; but he gives it food and takes care of it, even as Christ does for the church; Because we are parts of his body.
For this cause will a man go away from his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.
This is a great secret: but my words are about Christ and the church.
But do you, everyone, have love for his wife, even as for himself; and let the wife see that she has respect for her husband."
10 “When you go out to battle against your enemies, and the LORD your God delivers them into your hands and you take them away captive, 11 and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and have a desire for her and would take her as a wife for yourself, 12 then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall shave her head and trim her nails. 13 “She shall also remove the clothes of her captivity and shall remain in your house, and mourn her father and mother a full month; and after that you may go in to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife. 14 “It shall be, if you are not pleased with her, then you shall let her go wherever she wishes; but you shall certainly not sell her for money, you shall not mistreat her, because you have humbled her.
15 “If a man has two wives, the one loved and the other unloved, and both the loved and the unloved have borne him sons, if the firstborn son belongs to the unloved, 16 then it shall be in the day he wills what he has to his sons, he cannot make the son of the loved the firstborn before the son of the unloved, who is the firstborn. 17 “But he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; to him belongs the right of the firstborn.
"The business of buying weapons that takes place in the Pentagon is a corrupt business -- ethically and morally corrupt from top to bottom. The process is dominated by advocacy, with few, if any, checks and balances. Most people in power like this system of doing business and do not want it changed." - Colonel James G. Burton (1993, 232)
"There is not one verse in the Bible inhibiting slavery, but many regulating it. It is not then, we conclude, immoral." Rev. Alexander Campbell
"[Slavery] was established by decree of Almighty God...it is sanctioned in the Bible, in both Testaments, from Genesis to Revelation...it has existed in all ages, has been found among the people of the highest civilization, and in nations of the highest proficiency in the arts." Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America.
God bless and be with every one.
I strive to heighten reality, with logic, yoga, martial arts, health, spirituality, and etc...
I am a self-improvement person, that is my duty, and my career, coaching people, helping them improve. My theme is all about spiritual evolution and personal progress. For me that is what God is about.
I am ready for whatever comes, and will do my best to be a good host to my neighbors
I think everyone needs to drink plenty of clean water, partake in regular exercise (including sexuality), focus on goals and the steps towards them, socialize and get proper sleep.
I don't like borders if there is a human right I think it should be free travel and trade for everyone and thing. A lot of americans are xenophobic and hate immigrants but I want more, a lot more. I want to immigrate and move to some other new place. If everyone could travel and trade freely, I think most economic problems would be solved
"God" is usually defined by atheists as an absurd exaggeration of Zeus, a straw-man something like this:
I define "God" in the conventional way used by world religions. I particularly like the terms "Elohim", a plural term which can roughly translate as "host of hosts" or "those we take refuge in". There is also the Tetragrammaton, which variously translates as "to be", or "I am that I am". I find this suggestive that God is found in all good souls.
I also like the term "Brahman", to which the mahā-vākyas are addressed:
prajnānam brahma "Brahman is knowledge"
ayam ātmā brahma "The Self (or the Soul) is Brahman"
aham brahmāsmi "I am Brahman"
tat tvam asi "Thou are that"
sarvam khalv idam brahma "All this that we see in the world is Brahman"
sachchidānanda brahma "Brahman is existence, consciousness, and bliss".
For clarification, when I say "God", I mean:
All. Existence. Love, learning, the breath of life, energy, virtue, goodness, beauty, excellence, and Natural Law. The Absolute Infinite sum total of everything that is, was, or ever shall be (even that which is "only" imagined).
I am interdenominational, and thus can draw upon many sacred texts which support the understanding of God. God is something I experience perpetually, in much the same way an atheist cannot experience a lack of God.
"Atheism" is a vexing matter to be sure, a mistake common to a large and vocal online minority. For some reason they imagine themselves "scientific", and thereby justify all manner of errors (rather than rightful attributing their misunderstandings to hubris and false authority). Educating them is a rather daunting task, but it is my belief that the purpose of this life is of learning, and of love. If we have love for our fellow man, and ability to do so, why should we not educate him?
Denial of God? Denial of Zeus or bigfoot is almost as absurd. Lack of evidence, or poor evidence is just that. It does not confirm or deny anything. Curiously there is overwhelming evidence in favor of world religions, be it physical artifacts or relics, eye-witness accounts, historical documents or copious opportunities for personal revelation. What more evidence could anyone expect? Personal revelation, I suppose. They have recently found that shocking a certain sector of the brain induces spiritual experiences, and of course men of all cultures have known throughout history how to encourage religious ecstasy via entheogens, rituals, and a variety of other means.
I can understand doubting, but denying my ethos? Its all a bit much. Also, hating atheists is traditional, and my reading of scripture is that they will have to be destroyed. I would prefer if that could be via logic and learning, teaching them to Love and be good people, but the apocalypse does seem suggestive of hard core violence.
For some "atheism" seems to be a label somewhat like "anglican".
For me, atheism is synonymous with evil. As a monist I see God as all that is Good, Righteous, and excellent; efficiency, beauty, wisdom, mercy and beneficence along with all other virtues. Evil is simply the abscence of good, atheism rightly defined (Godless, rejecting of God).
As far as how the atheists will be "slain", you might like to read Revelations 19:20-21
"The beast was caught and with it the false prophet 12 who had performed in its sight the signs by which he led astray those who had accepted the mark of the beast and those who had worshiped its image. The two were thrown alive into the fiery pool burning with sulfur.
The rest were killed by the sword that came out of the mouth of the one riding the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh."
The "sword" wielded comes from the mouth. Kalki is depicted as cutting down evil, and the Jihad is meant to be an internal battle against atheism (much as the amalek of Judaism).
All of this is suggestive that a physical slaughter may not be necessary, but rather that the infidels may be slain in the spirit by the holy spirit of God.
I do not balk at physically killing evil-doers, but if they can be redeemed, so be it.
So long as mutual understanding can be achieved, terms tightly defined, honesty, sanity and good intention possessed, I can think of little cause for sustained argument.
I am of the opinion that most if not all "head butting" is due to misunderstandings regarding the above, which I continually and industriously seek to alleviate.
On the left, I see two primary camps: Marxists and anarcho-hippies
And on the right, two similar pairs: Monarchists (including theocrats) and Classical Liberals (such as the american founding fathers).
According to this approach I would be a far-Right Royalist Libertarian, advocating the sovereign Rights described by the motto "every man a king, and every home his castle", loving God and family, whilst respecting local traditions.
Profit is inherently good by definition. Equality... not so much. Life is not a zero-sum game.
The historical french usage of "right" and "left" no longer applies in France, much less the USA. In France at that time the Right were monarchists, and the Left classical libertarians seeking to reduce taxation and other burdens on the poor.
Today it is most often those called "Right" who seek to decrease taxation, and those referred to as "Left" who seek to increase the scope of bureaucracy. Of course these terms differ from place to place, and from time to time. I like the traditional english usage of left-handed as maladroit, and right as, well... Right.
As with all matters it is vital to see past the rhetoric to the evidences. Who favors liberty, be it of our persons, our words, or our finances? Who seeks to restrict them?
"Any society that would give up a liberty to gain a security will deserve neither and lose both."
prison breeds evil.
Reform them if you can, or kill them if they won't stop being bad. Do not put them all together in an abusive crowded environment. It is cruel (even if it has become "usual").
I think prison and animal experimentation to be two of the ethical and cultural lowlights of civilization. Since it is hard to justify going without research, I think it best to conduct experimentation as ethically and possible. Those who are not guilty of evil deeds should not be more than mildly discomforted by researchers.
Extreme research (that which results in notable discomfort or death) should not be conducted on innocent animals. Malevolent and sociopathic people of the sort we generally want to kill are another entity entirely. They should be removed from society as efficiently as possible. This would not include prison, IMO.
Class conflict? What a useless concept, look what good has come of it. If religion is the opiate of the masses, marxism is the crystal meth of the bourgeois.
Meritocracy is the answer, fine-tuning a fair and efficient process.
I oppose Marxism, due to its rejection of God, low social mobility, inefficient regulation, and economic malaise. I see these flaws to be caused by the rewarding of inferiority, the desire for equality of outcome, and a lack of emphasis on efficiency.
I have never found race to be a good indicator of moral character, the most important trait a person has in my view. I was raised amidst diversity, and found friends of a wide spectrum of hues and ethnicities.
I will say that there is an overwhelming amount of cogent criticism regarding the influence of secular jews in hollywood, Israel, and NY in particular, and politics, pop culture and academia generally. These secular "jews" are a tiny minority, but the influence wielded is monumental. It is not anti-semitic to take notice, just as it is not anti-american to take notice of the cultural imperialism and attempts at world hegemony the US is attempting these days. I would like to see more airtime for religious jews, of the sort the God of the Bible was not outraged with:
The truth is psychology and our understanding of the mind generally is pretty primitive. Remarkably little "curing" goes on, it is more about diagnosing, stabilizing, and maintaining conditions (generally via lucrative psychopharmacueticals)
my experience almost exclusively consists of people seriously harmed by medications. That is also what I hear in the news.
I have heard a tale or two (by word of mouth) of people who feel they have been helped, but medications with serious side effects should always be a last resort, the brain is so poorly understood.
If it works, keep doing it, but always mindful of the risk/gain ratio.
Proper diet, exercise, and hydration are an excellent panacea for nearly everything ;)
As far as what needs to happen within... metamorphosis, revelation, epiphany, revolution. We need to learn right from wrong, AND how to prioritize. We need to become aware of our intent, as well as the outcome. We need to bring ethics, science, and rigor to our lives, even amidst the most mundane of behaviors and environments.
In my life there has not been a correlation between money and happiness. Social relationships are infinitely more important. Money without connections gets you nowhere.
The things that seem to make us the most happy are generosity, gratitude and forgiveness. Sugar water or other small snacks are also unusually reinforcing, relative to their cost. Unexpected surprises, health, and of course, above all else, the quality of our social relationships.
Have you heard the five to one ratio? The closer a relationship comes to providing five compliments or affirmations for every one criticism or negative disagreement, the longer it lasts and the healthier it is. This is as true for parenting as it is for romance, as important for coaching as it is for friendship or business.
In order to help the poor, I would like to create/invest in profitable, sustainable, ecological, ethical business in the third world. I think there is a market for high-priced organic products which benefit poor workers (sometimes called "fair trade").
I for one am happy to pay a few dollars more to know that workers and the environment have been well treated, AND the product I am buying is of a higher quality. I think others will do the same.
My current ideas are gourmet chocolate, fruit juice, and ethnic arts. The idea is to buy low, and sell high.
If the business does well, I would like to turn some of the surrounding area into a resort and nature park, allowing tourists to come and spend u.s. dollars (swiss francs, euro's or british pounds) on high priced drinks and luxury hotel rooms while enjoying the beauty of the native lands and peoples.
A fundamental idea would be to care for my workers, much like Milton Snavely Hershey, perhaps even more so. Instead of cash (which I would try to give them as little of as possible), I would provide free food, medical care, entertainment, and eventually education, housing, and access to all sorts of modern conveniences like internet and etc. I have always been a strong believer in people starting at the ground floor, w opportunities to work their way to the top. My business model is very much a meritocratic one.
The idea is that we should be healthy and excellent and happy. Products should be of high quality, and people kind and loving to one another.
The business and worker worry less about money, and more about increasing quality of product. Each worker must be understood as an individual, and their personal goals encouraged and tied into company goals. Workers should be thriving and flourishing.
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infrastructure, casualties and finances have a profound affect on hearts and minds.
hearts and minds are the key to ending conflict and initiating trade.
My solution to crime is to quickly evaluate the ethics and mindset of the criminal, and divide him into either an a) redeemable, or a b) irredeemable category.
If he is redeemable, place him into slavery until he has worked off his crime, repaying victim and society.
If he is irredeemable, kill him in the most beneficial way possible, medical/military/scientific experimentation, organ harvesting, gladiatorial combat, catapult him into N Korea, I don't care.
Concerns about guilt or innocence can be resolved by higher standards of evidence, and innovative lie detection techniques. Surely a few innocents will suffer, but far, FAR fewer than today.
terrorists seem to be conquering americas hearts and minds
I wonder why, when they are so hopeless. Can anyone imagine them defeating us physically, as some argue Hitler or communism might have done? These raggedy bastards are hardly any threat at all. In the US we are more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist, nevermind cigarettes or hamburgers (some of our biggest killers).
We'd save more lives crashing our fighter jets into McDonalds than using them against some miserable foreign dissidents. Either way it's a terrible bang for the buck, fighter jets (and pilots!) don't come cheap, but angry arabs are a dime a dozen. For every hovel and hut we bomb, more terrorists grow. They are like a hydra who grows stronger with fire.
It's hard. The right wing nut job in me wants to conquer the muslim and train him into a useful manservant, but my govt. has ruined everything via war profiteering and tactical incompetence...
Imperialism would only work if the culture of my country were better than it is, but it isn't. Instead we are exporting Godless hollywood / NY culture abroad, distracting little german children with hippity-hop dances while Bush & Co. creates a global police state. it makes ashamed to the point of nausea.
I came out of public education largely unharmed. It was a terrible place tho, certainly among the worst social environments I have ever been in. For instance I've never seen racial violence anyplace else, and I saw what amounted to a race riot in my middle school. We had gangs and weapons and drugs and etc. I consider it a seriously failed attempted brain washing.
Thank God I am almost entirely self taught! My mother taught me maths and how to read before school, and I've always had a great deal of fun learning thereafter, albeit not in american public school or from their unfortunate texts.
There are multiple types of intelligence. Standardized tests only measure a few, like vocabulary, reading comprehension and analytical maths. Most people have strengths in one area (music, social skills, ethics, etc) despite weaknesses in another.
That said, we can't just let any fool have at the children, and sadly all too often "teachers" are simply people who weren't good enough to go into other fields.
Personally I want to see more standards, higher standards, and as an incidental result, higher pay and prestige for teachers. I think our academic system is backwards. It doesn't take an expert to teach college students, an ability to read and write and make use of the instructors materials is enough. Preschool children on the other hand deserve our best and brightest, geniuses and the most educated and heroic doctors we can find to guide their development.
Honestly I'd like primary school teachers to be distinguished retirees. Leave the fresh faced empty head nannies for the graduate students to hammer on. Our children need the Crème de la Crème!
From what I hear Japan is going into debt to provide the best possible education for their children, whilst america is going into debt to buy cheap junk from china, living beyond their means whilst war profiteers ensure their grandchildren's inheritance will be record levels of debt and ignorance.
Supposedly americans care about children, enough to pen up all manner of unconstitutional draconian laws. If we are so ferocious about protecting the wee urchins, we could at least do them the service of educating them properly for the world of tomorrow!
Saying a woman has rights to her own body seems a selfish and isolating bit of individualism to me.
For example, I think I have a right not to have people abused or mistreated around me. I have a right to know that people somewhere else, even far away are not being abused. I have a right to do what I can to stop evil, because even if it isn't "my body" being cut or mistreated, it hurts me.
This is both philosophical and theological as well as ethical. Philosophically I am not an individualist, so I do not think people have a right to abuse their body (or another's). Theologically I am a monist, which means that all are one. By that theology all of our bodies and possessions are communally held (owned by God). And ethically I am a virtue ethicist, and elective abortions, based on convenience rather than health, surely are not virtuous.
Evil is the absence of Good. Good is love, esp. love for those who do no harm, such as babies.
I don't anthropomorphize evil myself. I see it as mu.
If I did anthropomorphize it would be in the form of a person doing wrong, someone distant from God. Their opinion would not be of much ethical or philosophical import, one would expect it to be deranged, yet rooted in some unfortunate incident.
Paying whores is stupid. Write up a pro/cons list, and it is easy to see the downsides outweigh the good.
If you are lonely you should find a nice person who cares about you. This can be done for free, but you can also ask family and friends to help. Befriend matchmakers, or even pay a dating service as much as you like (many of those can also be used for free, I have done it that way).
The first place to start is with yourself. You need to be likable, the kind of person who is attractive. Be attractive to the kind of person you want to attract.
this is key: Continue to be attractive over the years. Become even more attractive. And love your partner more every day. Remember, successful relationships tend to involve people giving more compliments than criticisms. Love the ones your with.
cartels encourage stifle trade and thus encourage war. For a more positive solution, look into the trappist monks:
By increasing quality you end up reducing costs whilst increasing demand
Make your quality maximum, and you will more likely get a fair trade.
The reason why is loyalty. If your product is of poor, or inconsistent quality, my loyalty as a customer is low. I will gladly shop elsewhere.
If your quality and my loyalty are both high, my willingness to pay higher prices increases.
The problem is when people strive to reduce short term costs by sacrificing long term quality. When they do that, everybody looses.
I like my truth bare-assed and bent over!
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."- Thomas Jefferson
"The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not."- Niccolo Machiavelli
"Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto."- Thomas Jefferson
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."- Thomas Jefferson
"Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society."- Thomas Jefferson
"Property should be in a certain sense common, but, as a general rule, private; for, when everyone has a distinct interest, men will not complain of one another, and they will make more progress, because every one will be attending to his own business."
Cicero:"We were born to unite with our fellow men, and to join in community with the human race."
Elie Wiesel:"This is the duty of our generation as we enter the twenty-first century -- solidarity with the weak, the persecuted, the lonely, the sick, and those in despair. It is expressed by the desire to give a noble and humanizing meaning to a community in which all members will define themselves not by their own identity but by that of others."
George Bernard Shaw:"I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can."
Joseph Rost:"In leadership writ large, mutually agreed upon purposes help people achieve consensus, assume responsibility, work for the common good, and build community."
Lyndon B. Johnson:"The American city should be a collection of communities where every member has a right to belong. It should be a place where every man feels safe on his streets and in the house of his friends. It should be a place where each individual's dignity and self-respect is strengthened by the respect and affection of his neighbors. It should be a place where each of us can find the satisfaction and warmth which comes from being a member of the community of man. This is what man sought at the dawn of civilization. It is what we seek today."
Ralph Waldo Emerson:"No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, there can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive. "
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (New International Version):
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: 10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
"Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected." - George Washington
"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." - Helen Keller
"You can't, in sound morals, condemn a man for taking care of his own integrity. It is his clear duty".
"Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice." - Elizabeth Cady Stanton
"Honesty does not always bring a response of love, but it is absolutely essential to it." - Ray Blanton
Albert Schweitzer: "Thought cannot avoid the ethical or reverence and love for all life. It will abandon the old confined systems of ethics and be forced to recognize the ethics that knows no bounds. But on the other hand, those who believe in love for all creation must realize clearly the difficulties involved in the problem of a boundless ethic and must be resolved not to veil from [humankind] the conflicts which this ethic will involve [us], but allow [us] really to experience them. To think out in every implication the ethic of love for all creation -- this is the difficult task which confronts our age"
Mohandas K. Gandhi: "The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles."
Martin Luther King, jr.: "We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered."
Mother Teresa: "Keep in mind that our community is not composed of those who are already saints, but of those who are trying to become saints. Therefore let us be extremely patient with each other's faults and failures."
Martin Luther King, Jr.: "An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."
Confucius: "To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right."
Felix Adler: "Ethical religion can be real only to those who are engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement. By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement, without limit."
Elbert Hubbard: "Religions are many and diverse, but reason and goodness are one."
" If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing."
· The Bible, I Corinthians 13:1-2
" Love suffers long, and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.... And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
· The Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:4 - 8 (New King James Version)
" God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them."
· The Bible, 1 John 4:16b
"We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition."
"God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us." - Niccolo Machiavelli
"It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read." -Thomas Jefferson
Margaret Mead: "No matter how many communes anybody invents, the family always creeps back. "
Eric Hoffer: "Those who see their lives as spoiled and wasted crave equality and fraternity more than they do freedom. If they clamor for freedom, it is but freedom to establish equality and uniformity. The passion for equality is partly a passion for anonymity: to be one thread of the many which make up a tunic; one thread not distinguishable from the others. No one can then point us out, measure us against others and expose our inferiority."
"If demands coming under the first of these principles were interpreted objectively, something very much resembling Marxian communism would result. Here are some of them: abolition of all income not earned by work; workers to share the profits of the large industries; abolition of land rent, and enactment of a law under which land might be confiscated without compensation for purposes of common interests; socialization of all incorporated business organizations."
* On the NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers Party)’s program.
Ariel and Will Durant: "The family is the nucleus of civilization."
Carl Sandburg: "A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on."
George Bernard Shaw:"Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to this country and to mankind is to bring up a family."
Michael Levine: "Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist."