(Which the totalitarian government brings about thru dosing the sheeple with a 'happy' drug called SOMA. Wonder if that could nowadays be used as a metaphor for Television? Or the disinfo outlet posing as a online dictionary, Wikipedia, since damn near everytime one searches for info on the 'Net, Wiki is usually always the first link(s) to appear.)
"The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is apt to spread discontent among those who are."
H.L. Mencken, American author, critic, newspaper man and iconoclast.
Dogbert: "Reality is always controlled by the people who are most insane."
Scott Adams, Creator and Artist of the "Dilbert" Comic Strip
"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane."
Marcus Aurelius (121-180CE), Roman Emperor, writer and philosopher and author of the excellent book, "Meditations." Not a very big book, but well worth your time to read. He also established four Chairs of Philosophy in Athens, one for each of the principal philosophical traditions (Platonic, Aristotelian, Stoic, and Epicurean).
Unroll this book and read with care,
And in it find abundantly
A knowledge of the things that are,
Those that have been, and those to come.
And know as well that joy and grief
Are nothing more than empty smoke.
Marcus Aurelius was considered to be last of the "Five Good Emperors" of the Roman Empire and a 'philosopher-king.'
Compare Emperor Aurelius and his life with that of the war mongering General David Petraeus, who has been lauded as a 'warrior-poet.'
"We are in the process of creating what deserves to be called the idiot culture. Not an idiot sub-culture, which every society has bubbling beneath the surface and which can provide harmless fun; but the culture itself. For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norm, even our cultural ideal."
Carl Bernstein, U.S. journalist. Guardian (London, June 3, 1992)
"Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage."
Ray Bradbury, American author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, lecturer, poet and visionary, Ray Bradbury is known as one of America's greatest creative geniuses. Bradbury wrote "Fahrenheit 451," was released in 1953. It is set in a future in which a totalitarian government has banned the written word.
"We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe."
Johann von Goethe: German poet, novelist, playwright, courtier, and natural philosopher, one of the greatest figures in Western literature. Wrote "FAUST,' a novel about seeking forbidden knowledge.
Faustus is a scholar who sells his soul to the Devil. Although fictional in literature, the legend is based on an actual magician who lived in the area of northern Germany in the fifteenth century.
Once idealistic, he is now disillusioned and bitter with despair. He foresakes God and makes a perilous deal with the Devil in which he commits his soul to eternal damnation in return for power and knowledge in this life.
"What luck for rulers that men do not think."
"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives.... I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends ... and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it."
John Lennon, Interview BBC-TV (June 22, 1968)
"In America, the criminally insane rule and the rest of us, or the vast majority of the rest of us, either do not care, do not know, or are distracted and properly brainwashed into acquiescence."
Kurt Nimmo, American writer who has the "Another Day in the Empire" blog. Mr. Nimmo has received repeated threats to his family, wife and his life, by the local chapter of Betar, a Zionist Jew movement, so he must be onto something.... like maybe telling the TRUTH?
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect."
Mark Twain, American writer and humorist, author of the "War Prayer," which skewers those Gawd fearing Christians who just can't get enough of the killing, mayhem and destruction of war. The "War Prayer" should be required reading off all those Evangelicals and Pentecostal types who keep hoping and praying for a nuclear conflict (Armageddon) to break out in the Middle East, so they can climb a 'Stairway to Heaven' built out of the charred, radioactive corpses of billions of human beings.
Mark Twain wrote “The War Prayer” in 1904 but it went unpublished until November 1916, six years after his death. This was his response to the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902. [Another American War of Occupation and Conquest, which used the false-flag of theUSS Maine sinking to start the war.]
The piece was left unpublished by Mark Twain at his death, largely due to pressure from his family, who feared that the story would be considered sacrilegious. According to one account, his illustrator Dan Beard asked him if he would publish it regardless, and Twain replied "No, I have told the whole truth in that, and only dead men can tell the truth in this world. It can be published after I am dead." Mindful of public reaction, he considered that he had a family to support, and did not want to be seen as a lunatic or fanatic.
Here's the opening line from that terrific piece of writing:
It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory which stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts, and which they interrupted at briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running down their cheeks the while; in the churches the pastors preached devotion to flag and country, and invoked the God of Battles beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpourings of fervid eloquence which moved every listener. It was indeed a glad and gracious time, and the half dozen rash spirits that ventured to disapprove of the war and cast a doubt upon its righteousness straightway got such a stern and angry warning that for their personal safety's sake they quickly shrank out of sight and offended no more in that way....
"Sometimes I think that the greatest sign that there is intelligent life somewhere in the universe is that it hasn't tried to contact us yet."
Bill Watterson, Creator & Author of the "Calvin and Hobbes" Comic Strips
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