Instinct vs Reason

Our civilization is still in a middle stage, scarcely beast in that it is no longer wholly guided by instinct; scarcely human, in that it is not yet wholly guided by reason.

 ~ Theodore Dreiser

When the time comes

At the end of the day, when it comes time to make that decision as president, all you have to guide you are your values and your vision and the life experiences that make you who you are.

 ~ Michelle Obama 

 

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Future of Humanity on this Planet

~ Aldous Huxley

Rebottling

An Alpha-decanted, Alpha-conditioned man would go mad if he had to do Epsilon Semi-Moron work – go mad, or start smashing things up.  Alphas can be completely socialized – but only on condition that you make them do Alpha work.  Only an Epsilon can be expected to make Epsilon sacrifices, for the good reason that for him they aren’t sacrifices; they’re the line of least resistance.

Even after decanting, [the Epsilon] is still inside a bottle – an invisible bottle of infantile and embryonic fixations.  Each one of us, of course, goes through life inside a bottle. But if we happen to be Alphas, our bottles are, relatively speaking, enormous.  We should suffer acutely if we were confined in a narrower space.  You cannot pour upper-caste champagne-surrogate into lower-caste bottles.

   ~ Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

 

Colbert Roasts Bush

Real Conservatism

They would understand, as President Eisenhower did, that at this crucial hinge in our history we cannot just be about cutting. We also need to be investing in the sources of our greatness: infrastructure, education, immigration and government-funded research. Real conservatives would understand that you cannot just shred the New Deal social safety nets, which are precisely what enable the public to tolerate freewheeling capitalism, with its brutal ups and downs.

    ~ NY Times, Are We Going to Roll Up Our Sleeves or Limp On? by Thomas Friedman

 

Man in the Arena

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

    ~ The Man in the Arena, April 23, 1910, by Theodore Roosevelt

 

Limitless Growth

We believe then and now there are no limits to growth and human progress when men and women are free to follow there dreams; and we were right.

Highly Regarded Qualities

We don’t need to spike the football.