Wednesday, June 30, 2004
The old man was not frightened. He was perfectly calm. In a weak and broken voice he said: "Mr. Preacher, I suppose you noticed my farm. My wife and I came here more than fifty years ago. We were just married. It was a forest then and the land was covered with stones. I cut down the trees, burned the logs, picked up the stones and laid the walls. My wife spun and wove and worked every moment. We raised and educated our children -- denied ourselves. During all these years my wife never had a good dress, or a decent bonnet. I never had a good suit of clothes. We lived on the plainest food. Our hands, our bodies are deformed by toil. We never had a vacation. We loved each other and the children. That is the only luxury we ever had. Now I am about to die and you ask me if I am prepared. Mr. Preacher, I have no fear of the future, no terror of any other world. There may be such a place as hell -- but if there is, you never can make me believe that it's any worse than old Vermont."
Robert Ingersoll Why I Am An Agnostic
No civilized men ever believed in this dogma. The belief in eternal punishment has driven millions from the church. It was easy enough for people to imagine that the children of others had gone to hell; that foreigners had been doomed to eternal pain; but when it was brought home -- when fathers and mothers bent above their dead who had died in their sins -- when wives shed their tears on the faces of husbands who had been born but once -- love suggested doubts and love fought the dogma of eternal revenge.
Robert Ingersoll Crumbling Creeds. 1890
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
-- a cliche is a sure and certain way to dilute an idea. For instance,
my grandmother used to say, 'The black cat is always the last one off
the fence.' I have no idea what she meant, but at one time, it was
-- Solomon Short
Sunday, June 20, 2004
learned as a youth to care deeply about his family.
supported his mother, respected a new dad and
helped raise his little brother.
A father not afraid to launch out, work hard and
move when necessary to provide for his family.
A father who teaches lessons even while playing
baseball- like saying "Sorry" when he hit the ball
in the weeds.
A father who raised one of the most productive and
lush gardens and allowed me to help.
A father who set an example in service to others and
and faith in God.
A father willing to help and share when things were
tough for others.
A father not afraid to dream and to work to see them
A father who would continue to share all he had in many
different ways for his family.
A father who loves and cares even while his life is slowing
I FOUND THAT FATHER IN MELVIN WARREN THOMPSON.
Warren Otis Thompson
Friday, June 18, 2004
silence of our friends.
-- Martin Luther King Jr.
Thursday, June 17, 2004
when the deceiver is always at home and always with you." (Cratylus 428d)
I. Kant: “Self-deception is the root of hypocrisy.” (1791)
L. Cohen: "There is a crack in everything / That's how the light gets in."
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
the dividing line between the free mind and fanaticism. It is the
to a universal religion that rigorously seeks the truth, and yet is
inclusive and welcoming to all." Kenneth L. Patton
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
-- Woody Allen
Monday, June 14, 2004
Good Sense - d'Holbach
Sunday, June 13, 2004
An intemperate, voluptuous atheist, is not more dangerous to society than a superstitions bigot, who knows how to connect licentiousness, punic faith, ingratitude, libertinism, corruption of morals, with his theological notions.- System of Nature
Saturday, June 12, 2004
Here and Hereafter
Now you preach a lot of Heaven,
And you talk a lot of Hell,
But the future never troubles me —
Tis plain as tongue can tell;
And it's a mighty poor religion
That won't keep a man from fear,
For the next place must be Heaven,
Since 'tis Hell I'm having here.
mystic and founder of Buddhism:
“Doubt everything. Find your own light.”
His final words according to the Theravada tradition,
quoted from Robert Anton Wilson, Natural Law
“Believe nothing, O monks, merely because you
have been told it ... or because it is traditional, or
because you yourselves have imagined it. Do not
believe what your teacher tells you merely out of
respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due
examination and analysis, you find to be conducive to
the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings --
that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as
your guide.” (attributed: source unknown)
Friday, June 11, 2004
“Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way.”
Ronald Wilson Reagan
Saturday, June 05, 2004
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Thursday, June 03, 2004
-- Albert Camus
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
-- H. L. Mencken, Mencken's Metalaw
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
else's can shorten it.
-- Cullen Hightower