Apr. 23rd, 2009 07:30 am
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"Let me reiterate: Racism is a system. As such, it is fueled as much by chance as by hostile intentions and equally the best intentions as well. It is whatever systematically acclimates people, of all colors, to become comfortable with the isolation and segregation of the races, on a visual, social, or economic level—which in turn supports and is supported by socio-economic discrimination. Because it is a system, however, I believe personal guilt is almost never the proper response in such a situation. Certainly, personal guilt will never replace a bit of well-founded systems analysis."
- Racism and Science Fiction, Samuel R. Delany
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"You can't win the game if you aren't at the table."
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"In order to model a beautiful and happy world, we must believe in it, we must work at it, we must be in love with it."
- Robert Muller, former Assistant-Secretary-General of the UN, creator of the World Core Curriculum
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"Talent is God's gift to you. Using your talent is your gift to God."
-Red Skelton
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I fell down, but I got up again.
For what is a saint but a sinner who fell down, and got up again.
- Unknown song, but I heard it in a hottub of naked people last night

There are angels in our curtains. They keep the outside out...
And there are lions in our curtains. They lick their wounds. They lick their doubt
- Curtains, Peter Gabriel

With every touch, our grace is multiplied
With every kiss, our souls are open wide
Every moment, precious and sanctified.
- Three, Gaia Consort

Rant on

May. 23rd, 2005 03:53 pm
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There is the rants page on Zompist.com. The first one is about Hitchhiker's Guide, and I generally like it (even if I don't agree with all of his points in terms of the lowpoints of the film). However, there are some other thought provoking rants on here. Makes me think that I haven't been paying enough attention to the world around me. Or reading enough.

Here is a semi-random smattering of quotes:
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By seeing beyond what is visible to the eye.

Now there are those, of course, who do not share my perceptions, it is true. When I say that all my woman are dazzling beauties, they object. The nose of this one is too large; the hips of another, they are too wide; perhaps the breasts of a third, they are too small. But I see these women for how they truly are... glorious, radiant, spectacular, and perfect... because I am not limited by my eyesight. Women react to me in the way they do, Don Octavio, because they sense that I search out the beauty that lies within until it overwhelms everything else. And then they cannot avoid their desire, to release that beauty and envelope me in it.

So, to answer your question, I see as clear as day that this great edifice in which we find ourselves is your villa. It is your home and as for you, Don Octavio DeFlores, you are a great lover like myself, even though you may have lost your way and your accent. Shall I continue?

- Don Juan de Marco
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Rage, rage against the dying of the light. - Dylan Thomas, "Do Not Go Gentle into the Night"


Oct. 13th, 2004 10:02 pm
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Your erotic adventures should never erode but should always support your spiritual values. - Rob Brezsny
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"The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else."
- President Theodore Roosevelt, 1912
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Before you speak, ask yourself, is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?
-Sai Baba

This needs to be made into a Sinnish proverb.
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Non Sequitur of the Night:
Moebius strippers have no rear end.
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On another note, here is the clearest statement I've heard about the potential war with Iraq:
"You don't fight terrorism with a preventive war. You fight terrorism by creating more justice in the world."

from this article.

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I'm not much of one for quizzes, but this is too cool.

I gave into a meme. )
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Here's a great quote from Sir Iam McKellen:
Admit there are limitless possibilities in relationships, and love as many people as you can, in whatever way you want, and get rid of your inhibitions, and we'll all be happy

from http://www.observer.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,651220,00.html
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I just watched a rerun of Angel. Here is a quote. This explains it all to me....

Nothing in the world is the way it ought to be. - It's harsh, and cruel. But that's why there's us. Champions. It doesn't matter where we come from, what we've done or suffered, or even if we make a difference. We live as though the world was what it should be, to show it what it can be.

I'm not a warrior. I am not an activist. I am not a world-shaker. I am not even a boat-rocker.

But maybe...maybe...I am a champion, by this definition.
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I hate just posting son lyrics, but I can't say it any better.

You ask me why I'm weary, why I can't speak to you
You blame me for my silence, say it's time I changed and grew
But the war's still going on, dear, and there's nowhen that I know
And I can't stand forever
I can't say if we're ever gonna be free

Don't let these shakes go on, it's time we had a break from it
It's time we had some leave
We've been living in the flames
We've been eating up our brains
Oh please, don't let these shakes go on.

You see me now a veteran of a thousand psychic wars
My energy is spent at last, and my armor is destroyed
I have used up all my weapons, and I'm helpless and bereaved
Wounds are all I'm made of
Did I hear you say that this is victory?

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