Tuesday’s Quotes – January 5, 2016

We don’t have to inflict this horror on ourselves and the rest of the world…we can stop this from happening!

Time for my thoughts...

“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.”

— Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams was an English writer who was born 1952, and died way too soon in 2001, of a heart attack. If you’ve never sampled his writing before, I urge you to try it.

I loved  Adams – from the 5 book Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (because why should a trilogy be limited to three books?) to the bizarre Dirk Gently books, and a few other things along the way. He was a keen observer of human behavior, and had a fantastic way of pointing out the absurd. If I had his imagination, and his gift with words, I would surely be famous by now.

Although humorous, the quote is quite apropos as I ponder the continued popularity of…

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7 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Quotes – January 5, 2016

    1. It does often feel willful. I wonder if my persistent belief that we can do better as a species is actually the result of magical thinking. It seems that if one knows how to read and watch historical films one should be able to see that a pattern always precedes periods of violence and suffering. It’s almost as if a death wish is at the core of our refusal to learn from our mistakes. There is also the possibility that we know that what we are doing collectively will only bring pain and we don’t care. As if we take pleasure in destroying the things that are most precious to us.

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      1. And, possibly there is a comfort in repeating…not learning…not caring about inflicting pain…and I think it’s obvious that so many people take pleasure in destroying that what is most precious to us.

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      2. If you’re inflicting pain on other people you don’t have to feel your own. It’s alot like the scapegoating we see from Donald Trump. If he can convince the his base that loss of quality in their lives is the result of the civil rights and feminist movement they won’t notice his hand in their pockets and other members of Trump’s class shipping their jobs out of the country.

        There are people who would rather die than feel their own pain and do the hard work of developing their minds and growing the Hell up.

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      3. You know; I like that about him too. At least we know what he really stands for…and we can see what his supporters really stand for too. The question is whether those of us who stand for a fair and just democracy that respects the rule of law have the guts and the savvy to get past our differences and out vote them.

        Our greatest weakness is that the 99 percent is a disorganized coalition of outsiders.

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