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peanutopolis

defined by Snickers as (a noun meaning) “A state of mind making you feel very strong and powerful, almost mayor-like.”

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Elihu Palmer

was born 245 years ago today, in Connecticut, U.S.A.,
a lawyer, he was a writer & lecturer in favor of deism as well

“Another important doctrine of the Christian religion, is the atonement supposed to have been made by the death and sufferings of the pretended Saviour of the world; and this is grounded upon principles as regardless of justice as the doctrine of original sin. It exhibits a spectacle truly distressing to the feelings of the benevolent mind, it calls innocence and virtue into a scene of suffering, and reputed guilt, in order to destroy the injurious effects of real vice. It pretends to free the world from the fatal effects of a primary apostacy, by the sacrifice of an innocent being. Evil has already been introduced into the world, and in order to remove it, a fresh accumulation of crimes becomes necessary. In plain terms, to destroy one evil, another must be committed.”

“Deism declares, that the practice of a pure, natural, and uncorrupted virtue, is the essential duty, and constitutes the highest dignity of man; that the powers of man are competent to all the great purposes of human existence; that science, virtue, and happiness are the great objects which ought to awake the mental energies, and draw forth the moral affections of the human race.”


The Wisdom Of Confucius

edited & with an introduction by Lin Yutang

page 123

“To arrive at understanding from being one’s true self is called nature, and to arrive at being one’s true self from understanding is called culture. He who is his true self has thereby understanding, and he who has understanding finds thereby his true self.”

[Those Who Are Absolute True Selves]

“Only those who are their absolute true selves in the world can fulfil their own nature; only those who fulfil their own nature can fulfil the nature of others; only those who fulfil the nature of others can fulfil the nature of things; those who fulfil the nature of things are worthy to help Mother Nature in growing and sustaining life; (and those who are worthy to help Mother Nature in growing and sustaining life are the equals of heaven and earth.)”

pages 123-124

“Realization of the true self compels expression; expression becomes evidence; evidence becomes clarity or luminosity of knowledge; clarity or luminosity of knowledge activates; active knowledge becomes power and power becomes a pervading influence. Only those who are absolutely their true selves in this world can have pervading influence.”

page 124

“It is an attribute of the possession of the abolute true self to be able to foreknow. When a nation or family is about to flourish, there are sure to be lucky omens. When a nation or family is about to perish, there are sure to be signs and prodigies. These things manifest themselves in the instruments of divination and in the agitation of the human body. When happiness or calamity is about to come, it can be known beforehand. When it is good, it can be known beforehand. When it is evil, it can also be known beforehand. Therefore he who has realized his true self is like a celestial spirit.”

page 190

“The superior man is liberal toward others’ opinions, but does not completely agree with them; the inferior man completely agrees with others’ opinions, but is not liberal toward them.”

“The superior man is firm, but does not fight; he mixes easily with others, but does not form cliques.”


Blaise Pascal

was born 385 years ago today

he was the Pascal of Pascal’s Wager (that it’s better to bet on God, then against, despite lack of evidence or reason)

  • “A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us.”
  • “Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.”
  • “Man’s greatness lies in his power of thought.”
  • “Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.”
  • “Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.”
  • “The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.”
  • “We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.”
  • “Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world.”
  • “Hjertet har sine grunner som forstanden ikke kjenner til.”
  • “Dette brevet ble lenger enn vanlig fordi jeg ikke hadde tid til å skrive kortere.”
  • “Kjærligheten har ingen alder, siden den alltid fornyer seg.”
  • “Tanken utgjør menneskets storhet.”