Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Points to Ponder:

Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent. [Napoleon Bonaparte]

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Points to Ponder:

Politics is the art of the possible not the art of the perfect. [Excerpt from Rerum Novarum (circa June 16, 2009)]

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Excerpts From Literature/Writings:

This is an abridgment from a web writing of mine circa nine years ago -roughly two years before the start of this humble weblog. The topic is conspiracy theories and their inherent problems. Without further ado...

[W]hile this author admittedly subscribes more to the conspiracy side of history than the accidental side (because it is human nature to conspire and little if anything happens by accident in world affairs), the extent to which some people will go with this theme is quite frightening. In essence it is trying to do with politics and world events what Protestant Fundamentalism seeks to do with science and theology...To people of this mode of thinking, any degree of mystery or the unexplained (or a realm of comprehension or information that they are unaware of or cannot explain) must be wrong if it does not fit into their narrowly-defined parameters of "correct" or "incorrect."...

To the economically undereducated, the concept of a complex capitalistic system simply must be the "Anti-Christ" or the "Beast" rather than a potentially good concept that is often perverted by evil men. Numerous other examples could be brought forward but the point being made here is evident. Simplistic thinking can be very dangerous and unfortunately most of its practitioners are unaware of the destructive range of this "weapon" if you will. [Written in June 2000]

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