We decide which is right and which is an illusion.

Archive for July, 2012

True Knowledge

‘To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what do not know–that’s true knowledge.’

Nicolaus Copernicus
Renaissance Astronomer


Real Power

‘Respect your efforts. Respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt–that’s real power.’

Clint Eastwood
American Film Actor, Director, Producer, Composer, and Politician


The Function Of Man Is To Live

‘The function of man is to live–not to exist.’

Jack London
American Author, Journalist and Social Activist


Enjoyment Is Not A Goal

‘Enjoyment is not a goal–it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity.’

Paul Goodman
Novelist, Playwright, Poet, Psychotherapist
Author of Growing Up Absurd


Optimism

‘A word about my personal philosophy. It is anchored in optimism. It must be for optimism brings with it hope, a future with a purpose, and therefore a will to fight for a better world. Without this optimism, there is no reason to carry on. If we think of the struggle as a climb up a mountain then we must visualize a mountain with no top. We see a top but when we finally reach it, the overcast rises and we find ourselves merely on a bluff. The mountain continues on up. Now we see the real top ahead of us and strive for it only to find we’ve reached another bluff–the top still above us. And so it goes on, interminably.’

‘Knowing that the mountain has no top, that it is a perpetual quest from plateau to plateau, the question arises, ‘Why the struggle, the conflict, the heartbreak, the danger, the sacrifice? Why the constant climb?’ Our answer is the same as that which a real mountain climber gives when he is asked why he does what he does. ‘Because it’s there.’ Because life is there ahead of you and either one tests oneself in its challenges or huddles in the valleys of a dreamless day-to-day existence whose only purpose is the preservation of a illusory security and safety. The latter is what the vast majority of people choose to do, fearing the adventure into the unknown. Paradoxically they give up the dream of what may lie ahead on the heights of tomorrow for a perpetual nightmare–an endless succession of days fearing the loss of a tenuous security.’

Saul Alinsky
Author of Rules For Radicals
American Community Organizer


Wisdom For Anger And Focus

‘It is wise to direct your anger towards problems not people and to focus your energies on answers not excuses.’

William Arthur Ward
Author, Fountains Of Faith and one of America’s most quoted writers of inspirational maxims.


The Preservation Of Liberties

‘What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance?’

Thomas Jefferson
American Founding Father
Author, Declaration Of Independence
Third President of the United States of America