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Jozef Kutej
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How often do *we* turn the other cheek, go the extra mile, give the man our cloak? How often do *we* try to overcome evil by good?
How often do *we* turn the other cheek, go the extra mile, give the man our cloak? How often do *we* try to overcome evil by good?

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After quite a bit of time sharing some programming experience again.

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Just "convinced" Leitz Icon label printer to print labels under Linux. \o/
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"If it makes money, it must be good!"

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"our" old boss → sehr traurige Geschichte

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The reason we had no idea how cats worked was because, since Newton, we had proceeded by the very simple principle that essentially, to see how things work, we took them apart. If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have in your hands is a non-working cat. Life is a level of complexity that almost lies outside our vision; is so far beyond anything we have any means of understanding that we just think of it as a different class of object, a different class of matter; 'life', something that had a mysterious essence about it, was god given - and that's the only explanation we had. The bombshell comes in 1859 when Darwin publishes 'On the Origin of Species'. It takes a long time before we really get to grips with this and begin to understand it, because not only does it seem incredible and thoroughly demeaning to us, but it's yet another shock to our system to discover that not only are we not the centre of the Universe and we're not made of anything, but we started out as some kind of slime and got to where we are via being a monkey. It just doesn't read well.

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Neither the German not the Russian nor the American nor, for that matter, the French, the English, the Indian, the Chinese, or any other revolution has challenged the supremacy of the state's military power over the life and death of its citizens. Revolutions as far have meant nothing but the transition of sovereign power from owners to managers. The machine grinds on not, as before, at the ruler's command, but "with the consent of the governed." It infiltrates today's political institutions. Juridical safeguards such as separation of power, bills or rights, guarantees of individual freedom, civil liberties, and the like scratch the surface but do not change the core. Every constitution contains an emergency trap door through which the rights, the freedoms, and the liberties of the individual can disappear. Strangely enough, these very rights and liberties come to justify, ideologically, the slaughters of the revolutions and the subsequent "just" wars of the republics. What was done before for the glory of the King is now done for the glory of the People -- for Liberty, for Freedom, for Brotherhood. These human ideals join others, including the idea of Christian love, which at various times have been used to justify murders, massacres, and wars. The United States of America began predominantly as a civil society, with an insistent warning from George Washington "never to run the course which has hitherto marked the Destiny of Nations" and permit its military function to become dominant. Yet even the United States has been drawn into the maelstrom of feudal power apparatus and has build the most powerful, most deadly military machine in all history. Today's nation state is a feudal relic -- but it rides on the wings of a jet stream.
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What can we do about it, you and I? There is no quick, easy solution, but there is a solution. The good takes time; one cannot be good in a hurry. A life can be extinguished in the flick of a second, but how painstakingly must the surgeon work to replace even one torn nerve. This is why peace will not come through so-called strong men. They look for easy and fast solutions. It will come through men of patience, compassion, and humility -- men of faith.
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We must mobilize our compassion and the intrinsic moral goodness of America to break the power chain of divine sovereignties and permit the human state to succeed the military state. For it is the moral goodness of America that makes this country great, the goodness that recognizes the infinite intrinsic value of the human person. We need to translate this moral goodness into international relations. We need to export it, for, in the long run, it -- rather our wealth, our standard of living, and our named power -- is what attracts the rest of the world to America. I have no doubt that the Soviet Union fears our goodness much more than our badness.

--Robert S. Hartman (1963)

http://jozef.kutej.net/2011/09/notebook-of-mignon.html # here is the book where the previous love arithmetic quote originates
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