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 My God’s better than your God…11 comments
picture19 Sep 2006 @ 00:09
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 The Law of Attraction?13 comments
picture13 Jul 2006 @ 23:06

"Moreover, though this is so,
flowers fall when we cling to them,
and weeds only grow when we dislike them."
—Dogen (1200-1253), Shobogenzo


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 We and They: The Polarization of America9 comments
picture30 Mar 2006 @ 08:03
Goya: Fight with Cudgels [detail]. 1820-1823 – Oil on plaster – 48 1/4" inches x 104 1/2 inches – Prado Museum, Madrid
"Here are two men – possibly brothers – are shown fighting with heavy cudgels – slowly, rhythmically, as though they are driving a post. Their legs disappear into the ground, like Goya's Colossus, yet they appear wedded to the land and so their fight must be to the death. Bitter clashes between monarchists and liberals in northern Spain at this time imply that Goya may have intended this painting as an allegory of civil war."
----Patricia Wright, Eyewitness Art


"Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them."
--- Peter Ustinov

"There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don't."
----Robet Benchley, American Humorist

"If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail."
----A. Maslow

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 The Unfeeling President - An essay by E. L. Doctorow56 comments
picture4 Feb 2006 @ 04:45

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 Consistently Dogmatic2 comments
picture10 Oct 2004 @ 05:39

"The demagogic propagandist must . . . be consistently dogmatic. All his statements are made without qualification. There are no grays in his picture of the world; everything is either diabolically black or celestially white... The propagandist should adopt 'a systematically one-sided attitude towards every problem that has to be dealt with.' He must never admit that he might be wrong or that people with a different point of view might be even partially right. Opponents should not be argued with; they should be attacked or shouted down…”

---Aldous Huxley,
Brave New World Revisited, 1958

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 Racism, Oppression, Poverty and Social Injustice54 comments
picture20 Jul 2004 @ 00:59
Photo: Jacob Holdt, Poor whites in Mississippi

"Poor whites I always found the hardest to photograph - at least in the USA where they have deeply internalized the prevailing American philosophy—that you are yourself to be blamed for your own misery. Thus they are also robbed of the dignity and pride characterizing the poor in other countries."

——Jacob Holdt, American Pictures

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 What would you ask?2 comments
picture7 Apr 2004 @ 13:10
After initial resistance to the idea, the White House agreed last week to allow National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice to testify publicly before the commission investigating the U.S. government's preparedness and response to the attacks on September 11, 2001.

In anticipation of Rice's testimony this Thursday, MSNBC has been asking:

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 Candles in the Sun - A culture of hidden violence7 comments
picture25 Mar 2004 @ 13:17
Synchronicity strikes again: in a recent entry, Julie Solem-Roe (Scarlet Jewels) asks a very interesting question: “…are we trying to shine the light of illumination upon where our individual and collective psyche's are still split --- or are we still trying to look smarter, bigger, more evolved, than our brother/ sister?”  More >