Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
William J. H. Boetcker (1873 – 1962)
Sunday, October 26, 2008
"STRANGE AND FOOLISH WALLS"
The years of all of us are short, our lives precarious.
*Our days and nights go hurrying on and there is scarcely time to do the
little that we might.*
Yet we find time for bitterness, for petty treason and evasion.
* What can we do to stretch our hearts enough to lose their littleness!*
Here we are -- all of us-- all upon this planet, bound together in a common
* Living our lives between the briefness of the daylight and the dark.*
Kindred in this, each lighted by the same precarious, flickering flame of
life, how does it happen that we are not kindred in all things else?
*How strange and foolish are the walls of separation that divide us!*
A. Powell Davies
Saturday, October 25, 2008
-- Cicero 106 - 43 BC
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
"It is certain, from experience, that the smallest grain of honesty
and benevolence has more effect on men's conduct, than the most pompous views, suggested by theological theories and systems."
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Force and Matter--Empirico-Philosophical Studies Intelligibly Rendered, 1855
This is one of the most successful, and early, statements on Materialism stemming from the conclusions of the New Science.
Force and Matter
No force without matter---no matter without force! Neither can be thought of per se; separated, they become empty abstractions. Imagine matter without force, and the minute particles of which a body consists, without that system of mutual attraction and repulsion which holds them together and gives form and shape to the body; imagine the molecular forces of cohesion and affinity removed, what then would be the consequence? The matter must instantly break up into a shapeless nothing. We know in the physical world of no instance of any particle of matter which is not endowed with forces, by means of which it plays its appointed part in some form or another, sometimes in connection with similar or with dissimilar particles. Nor are we in imagination capable of forming a conception of matter without force. . . . Force without matter is equally an idle notion. It being a law admitting of no exception that force can only be manifested in matter, it follows that force can as little possess a separate existence as matter without force....
- H.L. Mencken
Friday, October 10, 2008
We Give Thanks for Being Here
We Give Thanks for Being Here Together
attributed to John Buehrens and to others
You, and all your associates, will probably find this worthy, and you and they will very likely miss something truly offensive in what some others call "prayer". So, take the challenge, lead the prayer,
and guess what, it's both short, and very easy to memorize.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Henry David Thoreau