- Beeffee, Tennessee, CSA
- June 16
- There is your truth ... there is my truth ... and there is everything between. That leads to the better question: Is there an Everlasting Truth? I submit there is only the Everlasting Quest for the truth.
I believe that in essence We are God. That is to say, humankind, for all it's faults, has power over Good and Evil.
As the Eden Tale intimates, humans alone, in all Creation, have "eaten" from the the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; and thus humans alone, in all Creation, have the ability and responsibility to choose between the two.
Thus, each of us is in essence a god, and the Sum of us, through all generations past, present and future is God. By those choices, we are the creators of what was, what is and what will be.
And by those choices, we, collectively, choose whether to exist here and now in the Kingdom of Heaven or in a Living Hell.
"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence." Frederick Douglass
"You can't pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you don't have any boots, and you can't put yourself in another's shoes -- you can't even try on their socks." Soulofhawk
"I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue." Albert Einstein
Only in silence can your hear the voice of God." Soulofhawk
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King, Jr"
"Racists can hide in the closet, but the smell usually gives them away." Soulofhawk
"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." Mark Twain
"When we are young, Death comes as an unwelcome stranger; but as we get nearer the end of our own too-often rocky road, he comes more and more to resemble a long, lost acquaintance." Soulofhawk
“When monetary gain is involved, mans capacity for self-delusion is infinite.” Lord Byron
"Where greed is good, need is great." Soulofhawk
“And let it be noted that there is no more delicate matter to take in hand, nor more doubtful in its success, than to set up as a leader in the introduction of change. For he who innovates will have as his enemies all who are well off under the existing order of things, and only lukewarm supporters in those who might be better off under the new. This lukewarm temper arises partly from the incredulity of mankind, who will never admit the merit of anything new, until they have seen it proven by the event.” Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter VI
"if a man falls from a pedestal, who is really to blame -- the man or those who put him up there?" Soulofhawk
"The history of any country, presented as the history of a family, conceals fierce conflicts of interest (sometimes exploding, most often repressed) between conquerors and conquered, masters and slaves, capitalists and workers, dominators and dominated in race and sex. And in such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, as Albert Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioners." Howard Zinn
"The worst thing to be around a bigot is right." Soulofhawk
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H.G. Wells’ admonition is all too fitting for our time, a time when ignorance is more and more winning the race against education. Americans are notoriously ignorant of histo… Read full post »
Those who argue there is no basis for torture prosecutions are wrong – Dick Cheney, meet Chuckie Taylor, aka Charles Taylor Jr., Charles Taylor II, Charles McArthur Emmanuel, Roy M. Belfast, Jr. According to Reuters, he is the first American citizen to be tried under the U.S. Anti-Tortu… Read full post »
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The curious case of Miss California Carrie Prejean just gets more and more curious. First, she made offensive comments about gays while competing in the Miss USA beauty pageant; next, pageant officials revealed she had breast implants; and finally, semi-nude photos… Read full post »
The battle to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court will be a bitter one, and it may well put an end to any illusions about bi-partisanship. President Obama says he wants someone who shows empathy, but Senate Republicans have come out four-square against empathy. They have shown a willingness to… Read full post »
Don’t be misled by the titillating title of this post – this has nothing to do with sex and everything to do with hand motions employed by the female performers in the gifted and underappreciated musical group Sons of Never Wrong that Chicago Guy introduced in his recent post.… Read full post »
A recent post asked people to reveal two truths and a lie about themselves. It was an amusing exercise, but amazing in that so many people seemed to take for granted that people they’ve never met, people who hide – sometimes with good reason – behind an avatar and a nom… Read full post »
It takes courage to speak the truth, and sometimes it takes courage to hear it. I fear too many in this country no longer want to hear the truth. Please take time to listen to the heart-rending stories of our winter soldiers.
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Like gangsters in The Thirties, banksters make money the old-fashioned way; they steal it. What’s a bankster? Banksters are gangsters with better suits, better educations, and better connections.
Back in The Thirties, bank-robber Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, and he fam… Read full post »
Years ago, I was water-boarded of my own free will. Well, maybe not of my own free will and maybe not the kind of water-boarding we’re being shown on TV or on videos being passed around the Internet and even on a blog or two here.
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They say “let sleepin’ dogs lie”. That’s usually purty good advice, but one old toothless critter ain't co-operatin' -- as usual. Cain't nobody get him to just wander off and go to sleepin', but he sure does like to lie.
He weren't nothin'… Read full post »
In The Black Swan: The
Impact of the Highly Improbable, Nassim Taleb
offers insights into the formerly dismal but now desperate science
called economics. Taleb provides ten principles which I’ve posted here,
along with my comments on them.
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We’re making real progress on the torture front; hardly anyone bothers with the canard that we didn’t torture – now apologists only argue it was necessary and justified. For these apologists, it’s not a question of principle, but of practicality.
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Doves mating in eaves
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Bird-nest soup tastes good
I have a great deal of respect – and sympathy – for conservatives like Don Rich who brave liberal bastions such as Open Salon. Oh sure, some are just looking to bash “limp-wristed idealists” who have no idea about the real world and how much conservatives sacrifice t… Read full post »
Humans can be thankful there’s no Pinocchio gene, else most of us would grow a nose like Cyrano de Bergerac, or worse, Thomas Wedders. Most of us can’t get through the day without telling a lie or two.
Some lies are innocent enough – sort of.… Read full post »
“Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it’s an element of faith.” P. Tillich
For the first time in a long time, I won’t be singing the Easter cantata with our church choir this Sunday. There are many reasons for this, none of them good. The… Read full post »
These days, not everyone fits the traditional stereotype of the homeless person. A lost job, lost health or a lost love can lead anyone to suddenly being without a place to live.
When that happens, a person quickly discovers it wasn't just a house they lost – in some… Read full post »
Okay, I tried to follow the instructions on Verbal's post about creating a Virtual Me, but something has gone terribly wrong!!!
On her latest post, Cindy Ross offers an interesting challenge: Compose a poem that includes ten words chosen at random from the dictionary. Here’s my ten: Mylar, jet, impinge, guttersnipe, Gauguin, echo, digest, curbing, chrome, burgundy
I remember a great deal I’d rather forget – slights and insults, roads not taken, lost loves, bosses from hell. Fortunately, time has a… Read full post »
Bob Seger and I are both from Michigan. Though he grew up on one side of the state and I grew up on the other, we shared many of the same musical tastes and influences.
Coincidentally, I once played in a band with a young guy who was one… Read full post »
A pox is upon our houses. Having despoiled every other aspect of our culture, the virulent virus that is jungle-ethic, free-market capitalism infected the last bastion of middle-class hopes and dreams, the one place where Americans could feel safe, and if they were lucky, accumulate a li… Read full post »
Some on Open Salon have accused me of being unromantic, and the many lamentations on love I’ve posted here might rightly be offered as proof of that accusation. Still, I consider myself a man of passion, if not unbridled lust, and I confess I am passionately enamored of actor Javier… Read full post »