Friday, May 9, 2008
“Never do anything against conscience, even if the state demands it.”
“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.”
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.”
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice. ”
“Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!”
“I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.”
“I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.”
“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”
“It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.”
“It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.”
“Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.”
“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”
“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.”
“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.”
“The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.”
“The only source of knowledge is experience.”
“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”
“We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.”
“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”
“We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.”
System of a Down - War
We will fight the heathens!
We must call upon our bright darkness,
Beliefs, they're the bullets of the wicked!
One was written on the sword,
For you must enter a room to DESTROY IT, DESTROY, DESTROY!
Now international security, the call of the righteous man,
Needs a reason to kill man, history teaches us so,
the reason he must attain must be approved by his God,
His child! Partisan brother of war.
Of war, we don't speak anymore of war...
Cameo by Richard Dawkins at the end.
This live vid begins pretty awesome too with
FREEDOM WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE THROUGH DEATH!
God wants you to go to war! etc :p
There are people out there who actually take the lyrics literally instead of sarcastically... Ouch. It's like in "I'm not there", create nothing or it will be misinterpreted, I say create anyway.
I liked this comment too.
Another attribute of the mystical experience that lends itself to egotism is the overwhelming sense, feeling, or perception that one is experiencing things in a way that is primal — e.g. more real or truer than how one normally experiences things. The notion one has “seen the truth” is, once again, fertile grounds for egotism.
So the mystical experience — or at least it’s aftertaste — does not come without challenges. It is of course up to the individual how they deal with those challenges.
By Monica Hesse
"How many legs does a dog have, if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg." Abraham Lincoln
[*Note: Lincoln never said this. He liked a similar, more long-winded anecdote about a cow, but the dog version? Nope. Still, the quote is credited to Abe on some 11,000 different Web pages, including quote resources Brainy Quote and World of Quotes.
Though not technically "true," the quote makes a nice start to this article about truth, being topical and brief, so if we want to go with truth-by-consensus (very popular now), we can go ahead and just say that he said it.
Besides, by the time you finish this article, your brain might have tricked you into thinking that he did say it (more on that later), so let's just go ahead and leave it in. Okay?]
Read on, if you can handle it.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”
“We can't solve problems by using the same level of thinking we used when we created them.”
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
“Only a life lived for others is a life worth while.”
“The only real valuable thing is intuition.”
“There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.”
“Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.”
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”
“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”
“Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.”
“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”
“The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”
“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.”
“I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive.”
“It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer .”
“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”
“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”