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Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

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ants

“Insects that attend picnics for a living.” – Kenny Everett


antique

“Something that has been useless so long, it’s still in pretty good condition.”
– Franklin P. Jones


art

“An attempt to integrate evil.” – Simon de Beauvoir


reason

“Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone.” – Ayn Rand


The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

“Nightime & he had gone out to the water, high on grass, & sat down & the light from the electric signs – Coca-Cola? – in the town came across the bay, and every line of light came off straight, the primitive line, Stone Age, the line of grass

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nighttime, same spot, high on acid, and lines come off not straight but in perfect half circles, the acid line, the line of the present, the perfect circle, like the spiders they injected with acid and they wove perfect little round webs

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nighttime, same spot, high on opium, only time he ever took hard dope, and the lines came off starting into circles and instead finished with a little hook, like the little hook even in the lines of that strange comic strip, The Spirit, and this was the line of the future, completing the circle without having to go all the way every time, getting there by knowing the beginning of the trip

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Nighttime and an electrical storm in the Mexican heat flashes, high on acid, the lightning breaking out – there! – there! – and the electricity flows through him and out of him, a second skin, a suit of electricity, and if the time was ever now it is – Now! – and he hurls his hand toward the sky to make the lightning break out where he points – Now! – we’ve got to close it, the gap between the flash and the eye, and make it, the reentry into Now… as Superheroes … open … until he falls to the beach and Mountain Girl finds him holding his throat and choking as if he is gagging on sand…

   Beyond acid. They have made the trip now, closed the circle, all of them, and they either emerge as superheroes, closing the door behind them, and soaring through the hole in the sapling sky, or just lollygag in the loop – the loop of the lag – Almost clear! Presque vu! – many good heads have seen it – Paul telling the early Christians: hooking down wine for the Holy Spirit – sooner or later the Blood has got to flood into you for good – Zoroaster telling his followers: you can’t keep taking haoma water to see the flames of Vohu Mano – you’ve got to become the flames, man – And Dr. Strange and Sub Mariner and the Incredible Hulk and the Fantastic Four and the Human Torch prank about on the Rat walls of la casa grande like stroboscopic sledgehammer Cassady’s fons et origo ::::: and it is either make this thing permanent inside of you or forever just climb draggled up into the conning tower every time for one short glimpse of the horizon:::::”

– pages 322-324 of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe (1968)


colors

“A normal human visual system is capable of distinguishing approximately 16.7 million different colors.” – page 42, Color Companion For The Digital Artist


being alive

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience for being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell, The Power Of Myth


Honore De Balzac

was born 210 years ago today, in France, a skeptic & prolific novelist,

“Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn’t, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.”


living with superiors

“A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire: not too near, lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze.” – Diogenes (philosopher, 412?-323 BCE)


FFRF

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, as quoted on their website, http://www.ffrf.org/ , “… with more than 13,000 members, is the largest association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics) in the United States [of America].”

I really like the newspaper they publish, Freethought Today, which I’ve been an on & off subscriber to, when I can afford it. The website offers “Freethought Of The Day” which usually notes the birthdays of wellknown atheists, agnostics, or freethinkers with short bios and quotes.

They also have a radio talk show, conventions, student essay competitions, etc. & help fund legal battles to uphold the separation of church & state, as well as put up billboards, & go on other advertising campaigns.

Freethought Hall in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A. holds the national offices for the organization, FFRF is a non-profit tax-exempt organization.


Christopher Hitchens

was born 60 years ago today, in Portsmouth, England
a writer for The Nation from 1982 to 2002,
he continues his career as a contributor to Harper’s Magazine, Free Inquiry, etc.
“Why are we praised by godly men for surrendering our “godly gift” of reason when we cross their mental thresholds?”
“What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.”
“As I never tire of saying, heat is not the antithesis of light but rather the source of it.”


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.”


Gloria Steinem

turns 75 today, born in Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A. 
a journalist, and a feminist, she helped found Ms. Magazine

“Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described – and will be, after our deaths – by each of the family members who believe they know us.”

“We need to remember across generations that there is as much to learn as there is to teach.”

“It’s an incredible con job, when you think of it, to believe something now in exchange for life after death. Even corporations, with all their reward systems, don’t try to make it posthumous.”

“The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day; a movement is only people moving.”

“Hope is a very unruly emotion.”

“It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate.”

“The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizen’s skin.”


Charles Darwin

was born 200 years ago today (in Shrewsbury, England)

a writer, naturalist,  & conceiver of the idea of evolution

“In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed”


Management & Leadership

“Management is doing things right; Leadership is doing the right thing.”
– Peter Drucker & Warren Bennis


Margaret Knight

a freethinker, an author, she was born 105 years ago today

“Ethical teaching is weakened if it is tied up with the dogmas that will not bear examination.” (taken from Morals Without Religion)

“It is a terrible commentary on Christian civilisation that the longest period of slave-raiding known to history was initiated by the action of Spain and Portugal, France, Holland and Britain, after the Christian faith had for more than a thousand years been the establised religion of Europe.”

“Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalise mankind; and for my part, I sincerely detest it as I detest everything that is cruel”.