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Integrity’s a Neutral Value – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Integrity’s a Neutral Value – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Humanism, Philosophy, Quotes

Integrity’s a neutral value. Hyenas have integrity, too. They’re pure hyena.

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Eventually All Things Are Known. And Few Matter – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Eventually All Things Are Known. And Few Matter – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Humanism, Philosophy, Quotes

Eventually all things are known. And few matter.

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Ataturk’s Message to Australia – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Ataturk’s Message to Australia – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · Anzac, History, Humanism, Philosophy, War, WW1

In 1934 Atatürk learned that a ship carrying relatives of fallen Allied soldiers had docked near Gallipoli and that its passengers were mounting at the site. He sent them a moving message that is now chiseled, in English translation, into a memorial stone there. “Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives,” he […]

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Confrontation with death always altered the mechanism of thought – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 21st, 2012 · Comments Off on Confrontation with death always altered the mechanism of thought – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Humanism, Philosophy, Quotes

Rubashov wondered what other surprises his mental apparatus held in store for him. He knew from experience that confrontation with death always altered the mechanism of thought and caused the most surprising reactions – like the movements of a compass brought close to the magnetic pole.

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Why Don’t the Ten Commandments Prohibit Child Abuse? “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on Why Don’t the Ten Commandments Prohibit Child Abuse? “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Atheism, Christianity, Humanism, Morality, Religion

As for (Commandment) Number Five, by all means respect for the elders, but why is there nothing (in the Ten Commandments) to forbid child abuse? (Insolence on the part of children is punishable by death, according to Leviticus 20:9, only a few verses before the stipulation of the death penalty for male homosexuals.) A cruel […]

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Maybe all men got one big soul ever’body’s a part of – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on Maybe all men got one big soul ever’body’s a part of – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Atheism, Christianity, Humanism, Morality, Philosophy, Religion

I figgered about the Holy Sperit and the Jesus road. I figgered, ‘Why do we got to hang it on God or Jesus? Maybe,’ I figgered, ‘maybe it’s all men an’ all women we love; maybe that’s the Holy Sperit—the human sperit—the whole shebang. Maybe all men got one big soul ever’body’s a part of.’ […]

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There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 13th, 2012 · Comments Off on There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Atheism, Christianity, Humanism, Morality, Philosophy, Quotes, Religion

There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do. It’s all part of the same thing. And some of the things folks do is nice, and some ain’t nice, but that’s as far as any man got a right to say.’

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Man Grows Beyond His Work – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Man Grows Beyond His Work – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Extremism, Humanism, Ideology, Philosophy, Politics

For man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments. This you may say of man—when theories change and crash, when schools, philosophies, when narrow dark alleys of thought, national, religious, economic, grow and disintegrate, man reaches, […]

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“If This Is a Man” – Primo Levi

May 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on “If This Is a Man” – Primo Levi · Genocide, Humanism, Poetry, WW2

If This Is a Man You who live safe In your warm houses, You who find, returning in the evening, Hot food and friendly faces: Consider if this is a man Who works in the mud, Who does not know peace, Who fights for a scrap of bread, Who dies because of a yes or […]

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People are neither Good nor Bad – “All the King’s Men”, Robert Penn Warren

May 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on People are neither Good nor Bad – “All the King’s Men”, Robert Penn Warren · Complexity, History, Humanism, Morality, Philosophy, Quotes

Jack Burden: “what we students of history always learn is that the human being is a very complicated contraption and that they are not good or bad but are good and bad and the good comes out of bad and the bad out of good, and the devil take the hindmost.”

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