“And never think about the past. No regrets, ever.”
~~ Robert Heinlein ~~
Good morning…. I’m on the road, with my backup comp, the short story of which tells me a complete Pearl is out of the question, so, wysiwig….
Shall we Pearl?
“Yield to Temptation … it may not pass your way again.” — Lazarus Long, from Robert A. Heinlein’s “Time Enough For Love”
Here is an old-school pearl, in lieu of a rant… I think it strikes out at the BRC pretty well, without the rant-like intensity…. Enjoy!
“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.” — Montesquieu, 1742
“It is the besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which the masses of men exhibit their tyranny.” — James Fenimore Cooper, _The American Democrat_ (1838)
“Happy is he who dashes the heads of his enemy’s children against rocks.” — Psalms 137:9
“We live in the age of “Everything Has Rights.” Now, I’m not denying that the concept of rights is valid, but I wonder … whatever happened to obligations? One rarely hears the term anymore. Indeed, have you ever heard of a “human obligations movement?”… The very ideal that holds a democracy together — the willingness to make personal sacrifice for the common good– is going quickly by the wayside.” — John K. Rosemond (“Who’s in Charge Around Here?” Hemispheres, Sept. 1999)
“The drinking age should be 18. When you’re 18 years old you’re old enough to vote. You should be old enough to drink. Look at who we have to vote for! You need a drink.” — Marc Price
“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents….” — James Madison (4th American President)
“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.” — H.L. Mencken
“In truth, there never was any remarkable lawgiver amongst any people who did not resort to divine authority, as otherwise his laws would not have been accepted by the people; for there are many good laws, the importance of which is known to be the sagacious lawgiver, but the reasons for which are not sufficiently evident to enable him to persuade others to submit to them; and therefore do wise men, for the purpose of removing this difficulty, resort to divine authority.” — Niccolo Machiavelli
“I am quite sure that (bar one) I have no race prejudices, and I think I have no color prejudices or caste prejudices nor creed prejudices. Indeed I know it. I can stand any society. all that I care to know is that a man is a human being – that is enough for me; he can’t be any worse.” — Mark Twain — Harper’s Magazine, September, 1899
Here is the last bit I could get done for today… I’ll probably just end up posting on Saturday, when I’ve been home a day…. We’ll see how it goes… For now, this will do….
The gentle minde by gentle deeds is knowne;
For a man by nothing is so well betrayed
As by his manners.
~~ Edmund Spenser ~~
~~ The Faerie Queene, Book vi, Canto iii, St. 1 ~~
“We are what we repeatedly do.” — Aristotle
“Everyone who lives dies, but not everyone who dies has lived.” — No Fear
“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around us in awareness.: — James Thurber (1894-1961)
Each man reaps on his own farm.” — Plautus — Mostellaria, Act iii, Sc. 2, 112, (799.)
“To light a candle is to cast a shadow.” — Ursula K. Le Guin, “A Wizard of Earthsea”, 1975
“The essence of good and evil is a certain disposition of the will.” — Epictetus — Of Courage, — Discourses, Book i, Chap. xxix
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming question…
Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”
~~ T. S. Eliot ~~
~~Love song of J. Alfred Prufrock ~~
Okay, ffolkes, that’s all we’ve got today…. Should it all work out as planned, you may or may not see a post tomorrow… If not, well, Saturday, back to normal…. See ya, then, ffolkes, as long as Fate doesn’t intervene in some fashion… Ta then….
Y’all take care out there,
and May the Metaphorse be with you;
Blessed Be, dearest Carole, Mark,Theresa, & Richy
and everyone else, too…
When I works, I works hard.
When I sits, I sits loose.
When I thinks, I falls asleep.
Which is Why….
Sometimes I sits and thinks,
I just sits.
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“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch
À bientôt, mon cherí….
Scary isn’t it? Man-kind can’t resist repeating its mistakes.
“Yield to Temptation”
My father used to quote Oscar Wilde….
‘Temptation’ killed him early in his life…
I must first know myself, as the Delphian inscription says; to be curious about that which is not my concern, while I am still in ignorance of my own self would be ridiculous.
I may be a simpleton, but in my opinion, only that knowledge which is of being and of the unseen, can make the soul look upwards…..
“I feared to see myself at last altogether nothing but words,” confessed Plato in one of his works. Words, after all, are only labels that point to another reality. Naked truth must therefore be wordless, and the philosopher in search of truth must watch lest he bury the treasure he seeks under the debris of words.
At times, Plato’s inquiries into the Self echo the Hindu Upanishads, wherein the Self is contrasted by the body. The path to self-knowledge, then, is described as identical to the effort of dissecting body from soul:
If man’s attention is centred on appetite … all his thoughts are bound to be mortal and he can hardly fail to become entirely mortal.
Thus, ‘know thyself’ was not only a destination; it was a direction indicating the road to self-consciousness. Moreover, it was a meter that measured man’s real worth, for according to Gurdjieff, only conscious man could rightly be considered a ‘man’, while normal sleeping man was a mere unfulfilled potential.
AS EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE IS ONE, so, consequently, everything has equal rights, therefore from this point of view knowledge can be acquired by a suitable and complete study, no matter what the starting point is. Only one must know how to ‘learn.’ What is nearest to us is man; and you are the nearest of all men to yourself. Begin with the study of yourself; remember the saying ‘Know thyself.’….