A toast to the human madness.
Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.
~Abbé Dimnet, Art of Thinking, 1928
“Either America will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.”
– W. E. B. Du Bois
“You will never solve poverty without solving water and sanitation.”
– Matt Damon
“Democracy depends on citizens being informed, and since our media, especially television (which is the most important source of news for most Americans) reports mostly what the people in power do, and repeats what the people in power say, the public is badly informed, and it means we cannot really say we have a functioning democracy.”
– Howard Zinn
Is there a difference between a trial run vs a real one?
Easy reading is damn hard writing. But if it’s right, it’s easy. It’s the other way around, too. If it’s slovenly written, then it’s hard to read. It doesn’t give the reader what the careful writer can give the reader.
Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.
“To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.”
– Hermann Hesse
I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.
I write differently from what I speak, I speak differently from what I think, I think differently from the way I ought to think, and so it all proceeds into deepest darkness.
Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.