Friens and feller workers. Dis is a time which tries de hearts of men. Dis is de time when we’se got to stick together like glue…. We know wot we wants and we’ll git it even if we is blind.
— Kid Blink

posted : Saturday, May 26th, 2012

tags : brotherhood action rigts time

Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science, by rendering them my supreme delight. But the enormities of the times in which I have lived have forced me to take a part in resisting them, and to commit myself on the boisterous ocean of political passions.
— Thomas Jefferson

posted : Saturday, May 26th, 2012

tags : science politics tranquil pursuits career passion responsibility

Power is a curious thing— who lives, who dies.
Power resides where men believe it resides.
It’s a trick, a shadow on the wall.
— Varys
Game of Thrones 

posted : Thursday, March 15th, 2012

tags : power illusion

Two monks were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was falling. Coming around the bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection.

"Come on, girl," said the first monk. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud.

The second monk did not speak again until that night when they reached a lodging temple. Then he no longer could restrain himself. “We monks don’t go near females,” he said. “It is dangerous. Why did you do that?”

"I left the girl there," the first monk said. "Are you still carrying her?"

— Zen Buddhist story

posted : Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

tags : right wrong rules keeping

Governing a large country
is like frying a small fish.
You spoil it with too much poking.

Center your country in the Tao
and evil will have no power.
Not that it isn’t there,
but you’ll be able to step out of its way.

Give evil nothing to oppose
and it will disappear by itself.

Lao-Tzu
Tao Te Ching 

posted : Saturday, February 4th, 2012

tags : government minimalism control evil opposition

  • Jasmine: No, Angel. There are no absolutes. No right and wrong. Haven’t you learned anything working for the Powers? There are only choices. I offered paradise. And you chose this.
  • Angel: Because I could. Because that’s what you took away from us. Choice.
  • Jasmine: And look where free will has gotten you.
  • Angel: Hey, I didn’t say we were smart. I said it’s our right. It’s what makes us human.


— "Peace Out" Angel

posted : Friday, February 3rd, 2012

tags : choice human paradise right wrong free_will

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