In this post, we present some notable quotes and provide some of our very subjective commentary on each. Enjoy.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. – Voltaire
The irony in the above quote is that Voltaire passed through transition (meaning he died) a few years before the outbreak of the French Revolution with all its horrific excesses. So, yes, the above quote is appropriate when considering the bloody atrocities of revolutionaries, anarchists and communists in the French Revolution, and its ideological children, the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia (1917 – 1922), and the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939). The absurdity is that a utopia can be brought about in this world, and that the ends justify the means in trying to bring such a chimera to reality. (Chimera: a thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve.) As well, atrocity propaganda (absurdities) served to motivate some Allied leaders and soldiers to commit terrible atrocities against the civilian populations of Japan, and especially Germany during and after the Second World War (as we have previously covered multiple times on this blog).
The supreme mystery of despotism, its prop and stay, is to keep men in a state of deception, and cloak the fear by which they must be held in check, so that they will fight for their servitude as if for salvation. – Baruch Spinoza
Yes, wars are fought to preserve the power of international finance with its predatory usury. Globalism will mean that we will all be serfs on a global plantation. And, consider how the majority of citizens have behaved in Western countries during these harmful lock downs over this corona virus. Also, consider the abuse of power in various organized religions. Enough said.
We thank Ken McMurtrie at The Golden Rule blog for calling our attention to the above 2 quotes.
If 50 million people believe a foolish thing, it’s still a foolish thing. – George Bernard Shaw
Indeed, but of the 50 million people, how many will pause to reflect on what they are believing and why they are believing. Readers, do not simply follow the herd. Stop, think and question, if you can.
Two percent of the people think,
Three percent of the people think they think,
And ninety-five percent of the people would rather die than Think.
George Bernard Shaw
This quote calls to mind a quote from Bertrand Russell to the effect that the last thing most people will do is think. The tragedy in today’s society is we are confronted with a populace that is perpetually misinformed by a corrupt, partisan, ideologically driven, corporate news media and the education system no longer strives to develop critical thinking skills in the students. Need we say more?
We thank Mike Walsh at the Europeans Worldwide blog for calling our attention to these 2 quotes by Shaw.
Control of knowledge is power. – anonymous, but likely attributable to many individuals who have come to this conclusion independently in recent years
The following cry heard in the towns of medieval Europe during the Black Death (bubonic plague pandemic) in the period of 1347 – 1351 is not ever going to be heard during this current, bizarrely distorted corona virus pandemic. (There may have been an earlier pandemic of bubonic plague during the time of Emperor Justinian in the sixth century, A.D. If so, this would mean that some pathogens can be around for centuries. Rabies in animals certainly has been around for centuries, if not longer, as accounts from the Middle Ages attest to. The skin of the dead in places on the body had turned to a blackish color, and hence the name Black Death.)
Bring out your dead. Bring out your dead.
The bodies of the dead from the plague during that time were heaped on to horse drawn carts for mass burial on the outskirts of town. The death rate varied from locale to locale. In some places, the death rate from the Black Death was as high as 50 per cent of the population, with everyone being exposed to it over time. In other districts, lower death rates of 25 to 30 per cent were experienced. Clearly, a society shattering event at the time.
Our feature image is from Kirkham Street in the Sunset District of San Francisco, so-called as one can see the sun set into the Pacific Ocean on a clear day from some points in this district. We call it Bars within Glass. Property crimes are completely out of control in the city – thus, people live behind bars in their own homes, sorry to say. (We voted with our feet last September, and left the painfully paradoxical, progressive paradise known as San Francisco.)
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