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They were too deeply entangled in their own past, caught in the web they had spun themselves – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on They were too deeply entangled in their own past, caught in the web they had spun themselves – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Democracy, Means and Ends, Morality, Politics

They were too deeply entangled in their own past, caught in the web they had spun themselves, according to the laws of their own twisted ethics and twisted logic; they were all guilty, although not of those deeds of which they accused themselves. There was no way back for them. Their exit from the stage […]

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Where would your good be if there were no evil and what would the world look like without shadow – “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov

July 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Where would your good be if there were no evil and what would the world look like without shadow – “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov · Extremism, Morality, Quotes, Religion

‘As soon as you appeared on this roof you made yourself ridiculous. It was your tone of voice. You spoke your words as though you denied the very existence of the shadows or of evil. Think, now: where would your good be if there were no evil and what would the world look like without […]

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The package jumped into his briefcase of its own accord – “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov

July 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on The package jumped into his briefcase of its own accord – “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov · Morality

‘It’s not proper …’ ‘I won’t hear any objection,’ Koroviev whispered right in his ear. ‘We don’t do this sort of thing but foreigners do. You’ll offend him, Nikanor Ivanovich, and that might be awkward. You’ve earned it …’ ‘It’s strictly forbidden …’ whispered the chairman in a tiny voice, with a furtive glance around. […]

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An Updated Ten Commandments  “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on An Updated Ten Commandments  “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Atheism, Christianity, Morality, Religion

It’s difficult to take oneself with sufficient seriousness to begin any sentence with the words “Thou shalt not.” But who cannot summon the confidence to say: Do not condemn people on the basis of their ethnicity or color. Do not ever use people as private property. Despise those who use violence or the threat of […]

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Critiquing the Ten Commandments – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on Critiquing the Ten Commandments – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Atheism, Christianity, Morality, Religion

I am trying my best not to view things through a smug later prism. Only the Almighty can scan matters sub specie aeternitatis: from the viewpoint of eternity. One must also avoid cultural and historical relativism: There’s no point in retroactively ordering the Children of Israel to develop a germ theory of disease (so as […]

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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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The trouble is, they are half right and half wrong – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren 

July 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on The trouble is, they are half right and half wrong – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren  · Means and Ends, Morality, Politics

“Jesus Christ,” he exclaimed, “you work for Stark and you call somebody a son-of-a-bitch.” I just looked at him. I’d been over all that ground before. I had been over it a thousand times with a thousand people. Hotel lobbies and dinner tables and club cars and street corners and bedrooms and filling stations. Sometimes […]

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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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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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