Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.
Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.
Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.
John Stuart Mill
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.
A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
Don't let schooling interfere with your education.
All generalizations are false, including this one.
A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
The Public is merely a multiplied "me."
Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we."
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.
Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
Otto Von Bismarck
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.
Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.
Be polite; write diplomatically ;even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
A witty saying proves nothing.
If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.
When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.
Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.
All I know is I'm not a Marxist.
The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.
Saturday, September 04, 2004
Notes at 2 a.m
At the heart of progressive ideology isa belief that we can create a world which is as beautiful andfree as our imagination. Indeed, most everyone who I surround myself is politically progressive -- not because of their political views -- but because they make more positive, humorous, open, and understanding company. I share their dreams, but in the realm of politics, I feel many of them are blind to the harsh reality of the amount of power behind those who own our government.
Unfortunatly, we are running out of time to dwell on how we'd like the world to be -- for such world will forever be confined to our imaginations. There is only "what is"; and it is not folly to accept that surprisingly brutal reality. We've already spent too much time envisioning our goals; so much time that we've forgotten that we have to actually move our feet in order to go forward.
The clock is approaching midnight for humanity; the destruction of our environment,
nuclear arms, overpopulation, the threat of disease, all of them are going to catch up with
us. As I see it, humanity has two possible futures: either the human race is a biological 'accident' destined to destroy itself with a combination of stupidity and technical ingenuity. It was as though for all of our smarts, we never gained one once of wisdom from thef 4,000 out of 150,000 years of recorded history.
Or, we are being tested by forces which are light-years beyond our current realm of experience. I am not implying aliens; my understanding of the universe prevents me from confidently making such judgements.
Sadly, most everyone is pushing the story of humans into being a brief, and insignificant
tragedy. Perhaps eons from now some extraterrestrials will visit the ruins of our brief global civilization. They'll might even say some brief words about us: "aww... they even
made it to the moon... Oh well, I guess it wasn't meant to be." A short eulogy, but one
that is fitting, when you look at the big picture.
You and I, whoever you are, have found ourselves in a strange situation. We are thrown
into this world, with no particular purpose, yet we recognize that mysterious fact. Since
childhood, we've been herded onto buses, and molded into who we are by the people
who came before us. As we grew older, our minds had to cope with realities such as prisons, nuclear weapons, genocide, war, plague, torture, rape, not to mention the struggle simply keeping a roof over our head. If that weren't enough, our media reinforces the resulting anxiety.
Indeed, it's all too easy to think that we've always been destined to destroy ourselves -- we seem uncontrollably drawn to death and destruction. Its a shame really...
We've only understood the connection between seeds and plants for 8,000 years. Perhaps arrogantly, I'd want the works of Beethoven, the art of Picasso, and the writings of Shakespeare to always live somewhere in our universe. However, I'm open to the fact that they may be destined to decompose back into the Earth... and thus our art will die with us. Perhaps that's simply the way.
I apologize that these reflections are uncharacteristically dark. However, let me close by swearing that I will never stop fighting for our continued and perhaps infinte future; it may be futile, but at least I was a part of the few that tried. Ironically, such thoughts are spoken out of reverence for life. After all, are the those last moments of life not the most "alive" that we will probably ever be? On that note, that's all I got this morning.
I'm going to Montana tomorrow, if anyone wants to promote their site and guest blog here, E-mail me before 5:55 AM. If I don't catch you, then there is a possibilitiy I might find an internet connection in Montana. In any case, you'll hear from me again next Tuesday. I might even tell you that I killed me a mountain man. Keep the Faith, y'all .
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