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I am simply amazed by Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis. How can there be such dignity, and grace in the face of tragedy, ignorance, and violent men.

If I were faced with the fact that Michael Dunn was drinking at his son’s wedding party before the shooting, and may have been - indeed probably was - already intoxicated at the time of the shooting. 

If I were faced with the fact that Michael Dunn fled the scene of the shooting to go to a hotel room to eat a pizza, and chug down a few rum & cokes thus insuring that the police will never know his blood alcohol level at the time of the shooting.

If I were faced with Michael Dunn’s arrogant perjuries; if I were faced with the media circus surrounding a trial incapable of rendering justice equal to the magnitude of the offence.

If I were faced with all of these things I could not do what Lucia McBath did. I could not ask my family to pray for the relief of Michael Dunn’s tormented soul.

She is of course right to make that request of her family, because the presence of tragedy, and ignorance cannot justify allowing yourself to sink to the level of wicked and foolish people.

Yet, as right as I believe she was to make that request, and that prayer; I could not do it.
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Don’t mourn Nelson Mandela; his was the best of lives. In everything that he did he showed himself to be an exemplary person . . . and he won. Bravo!

Mourn instead a western world that could not only tolerate South Africa’s most insidious form of latter day slavery. It did so for money; and since America’s wealthiest mass media moguls were deeply invested in this detestable trade, few Americans had any grasp of the hideous realities of South African apartheid.
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See also:

History Channel - Miracle Rising South Africa [ Full Movie ]

Christopher Hitchens on the ANC, South African Apartheid, History, Desmond Tutu (1985)
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Indeed and it continues today with the west doing very little to push for women's rights in Saudi Arabia, LGBT rights in Uganda, almost all human rights in North Korea, etc. In general the west claims pride in it's power and wealth and yet doesn't uphold its responsibilities. Although I live in Ireland which is within the west I am proud to boycott meat, boycott as much a carbon footprint as I can and not co-operate with the status quo of just "giving a little to charity here and there". The western world in general is a moral disgrace and need's to develop itself morally, I hope it does!
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It has never been a question of what we humans are as a species, but rather a question of what we are capable of becoming.
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Beautiful music and interesting statement. 
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Democracy depends on every person being actively involved in solving those problems that raises their anger, or begs their compassion. Average people working together in manifold ways to advance their own enlightened class and community interests.

The crucible of true democracy is populist involvement in the difficult and dirty process of making change from the ground up, not in relying upon the ‘well doing’ of a powerful few. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, "God helps those who help themselves."
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These guys just won't quit!
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Actually John, since the members of Congress specifically exempt themselves from insider trading laws you don’t really need to pay politicians; you could just throw them a few hot stock tips. As the proud possessor of a margin trading account, I can tell you that making a few thousand dollars on a good trading tip is only the work of a couple of minutes, and with ACH (Automated Clearing House) you’re only a mouse click away from depositing your ill-gotten gains into an account at the Cayman National Bank in the sunny Caribbean.

I’m convinced that the public only tolerates this kind of conduct from their elected representatives because it doesn’t seem quite real to the average person. If they only knew how blindingly simple it is to be a corrupt politician, how almost any dope could do it, their passive acceptance would turn into rage.

How Congress Quietly Overhauled Its Insider-Trading Law @ NPR.org
http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/04/16/177496734/how-congress-quietly-overhauled-its-insider-trading-law

Congress quietly repeals financial transparency rules for government officials @ The Hill
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And now for something completely different. 

I normally love remembering quotations, but I hate to post them because I believe your posts should be your own thoughts. However this lovely rendition of “Ashokan Farewell” by Taylor Davis gives me an excuse to offer my most favorite sentimental quotation.
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"If you sing like an angel
but do it without love,
you'll never rise above the crowd.

If you chase after your goals
but forget your heart,
you'll always be answering to someone else.

If you follow the same path
without trying another,
you'll always be left wondering.

If you strive for perfection
but do it without heart,
your work will have no soul.

If you live your life
but do it without passion and purpose,
you'll always wonder
What could have been?"

Jace Carlton - https://www.facebook.com/1423Music
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Journey Medley - Violins - Taylor Davis (Apotheosis & I Was Born For This)!

Radioactive - Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix (Imagine Dragons Cover)
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Beautiful ... both the words and music : )
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The thing that touched me most about this delightful little video was that the best of the key concepts of human thought are really nothing more than the modestly clever insights of a precocious child.

There is a confluence of technology coming that will take place when the science of cybernetics begins to intersect with the emerging biotech and human genetics sciences. This confluence will transform what we are as a species. Very soon now, even as you read this, research is being conducted whose goal is to rewrite the human genome in order to advance our species physically and intellectually, and to marry those advancements to artificial intelligence.

This transformation is the most exciting, and most frightening adventure in human history, and almost no one seems to see it coming. Yet, it will forever redefine what we are as human beings, and I’m afraid it will do so permanently, and irrevocably.

There will come a day when the quaint and antique toys in this delightful video seem like only the faded and distant memories of the crèche.
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Everyone has heard the story of the frog, which placed in a pot of slowly warming water, will be cooked before it realizes that the water is beginning to boil.

(q.v., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiling_frog)

The little pot of water we all presently find ourselves poaching in has been warming since about ten years before Ronald Reagan turned up the heat. Today the heat has grown high enough that if you talk to most fifty or sixty year olds, and remark that the US is rapidly morphing into a ‘Police State’ your fellow oldster will nod and agree at once - arguing that it already is very close to being a ‘Police State’ right now.

Yet, young people by and large don’t see it. It’s the world they were born into, so they haven’t seen the changes that are immediately apparent to the seniors.

We as a nation are in a bucket load of hot water if only old folks like Bill Moyers see the need to become radical.


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'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,' - that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

     from 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' by John Keats
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Ode on a Grecian Urn @ EnglishHistory.net
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John Keats @ Wikipedia.org
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The Works of John Keats @ John-Keats.com
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I have never heard of Taylor Davis until this moment. It's Monday morning, I'm at my desk, my head is whirling with all the things I want to get on with -- and I am stopped shock still, by this music. Thank you +Dave Tice for a tranquil moment, and a new name for music.
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How can we grasp so much of the nature of existence from the razor thin limits of our own experience, and yet remain so far from the divine?
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Classical paranoia is a form of magical thinking that results in the division of the world into a conflict between beatific and demonic forces.

Therefore, it is just as paranoid to believe that all is well, and that you have nothing to fear, and no reason to be afraid, because the great people of the world are all wise and good, and they never allow injustice the continue unopposed.

Daily News by Tom Paxton from Ramblin' Boy @ MySpace
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What Did You Learn in School Today? - Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton
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   Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found

       by Lewis Carroll 

'I can't believe THAT!' said Alice. 

'Can't you?' the Queen said in a pitying tone. 'Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.' 

Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said: 'one CAN'T believe impossible things.'

'I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day.Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.' 

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This is probably my favorite quotation. The art of believing in impossible things, its rare successes, and its many egregious failures, is in the end the only reason to believe that there exists a decent human future. As Albert Einstein said, “If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.”

I believe that decency will prevail over malice and tyranny not because it has ever seemed likely, but because the best of us refuse to accept the hegemony of conventional realities. Those precious few understand that the only way to change a harsh reality is not merely to avert its ill effects for a season, but to redefine that reality forever. Whether it was the discovery of fire, the creation of democracy, or the inventions of the printing press, and the internet those who did so redefine reality forever, changing reality by adding to it a new set of things that currently exist as real.

Yet the heroes are not only, The MacArthur Geniuses, or The Right Livelihood and Nobel Laureates, but even more so the many workaday 'Somebodies' who hold fast, and keep faith with their better angels. Some of them step out of obscurity to become famous like Leymah Gbowee. Some like Bill Moyers seem to have always been there. Others are heroes only to a few, but all have stubbornly refused to accept reality as it is.

They have, to put it another way, fashioned a human creation or idea as a true secondary reality that supersedes, and replaces the primary reality. Sometimes it is only an often-repeated idea spoken by one person to one other person, which through the 'Six Degrees of Separation' is heard by everyone. Yet as that one idea percolates through human societies, it changes everyone who hears it. In a like manner every person who reads these few remarks will be changed by them forever, if but only if, that person is capable of believing that they too can be a hero. I know well how hard it is to accept that idea. Who, me . . . A hero?  “One CAN'T believe impossible things.”

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