Anthony, KS, USA
married, 2 children
Joined Dec 18, 2005
Save our oceans,
Peace and Nonviolence,
Global Warming and Clean Energy,
Separation of Church and State,
I would like to share this with everyone. It's from Robert Green Ingersoll - 'America's Great Agnostic' - and nicely sums up my own outlook:
By Robert G. Ingersoll
"I do not believe that any man can be justly punished or rewarded on account of his belief.
But I do believe in the nobility of human nature; I believe in love and home, and kindness and humanity; I believe in good fellowship and cheerfulness, in making wife and children happy.
I believe in good nature, in giving to others all the rights that you claim for yourself.
I believe in free thought, in reason, observation and experience. I believe in self-reliance and in expressing your honest thought. I have hope for the whole human race. What will happen to one, will, I hope, happen to all, and that, I hope, will be good.
Above all, I believe in Liberty."
Advice from a Tree
By Ilan Shamir
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
Be content with your natural beauty
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Earth, fresh air, light
Drink plenty of water
Remember your roots
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Enjoy the view!
By Harry Behn
Trees are the kindest things I know,
They do no harm, they simply grow
And spread a shade for sleepy cows,
And gather birds among their bows.
They give us fruit in leaves above,
And wood to make our houses of,
And leaves to burn on Halloween
And in the Spring new buds of green.
They are first when day's begun
To touch the beams of morning sun,
They are the last to hold the light
When evening changes into night.
And when a moon floats on the sky
They hum a drowsy lullaby
Of sleepy children long ago...
Trees are the kindest things I know.
"Is it really just a footrace between the dark and the light? Is it all just a dumb battle between peace and violence, good versus evil, our greedy, self-destructive nature versus our mad desire to love and celebrate existence and kiss the lips of our beloved just one more time?
Nope. Not really. It's more of a sly evolutionary tango. It's a hallucinogenic, ever-shifting kaleidoscope made of awe and light and manufactured time. There is no battle. There is no good versus evil. There is only the flux and the pulse of existence, creation, expansion and contraction in an endless dance, signifying nothing, inventing everything."
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||Small town guy with global perspective. Skeptical and naive. Fun loving and hate hating.
||Introduce yourself to Brad
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|Wild Fact About Me
||See My Belief By Robert G. Ingersoll above, and the Quotations section below. There is more of course but that gives you a good indication. EDUCATION, founded on literacy, for all the Earth's people, is critical!
|What Gives Me Hope
||Sherri my wife and best friend; & our two children. Also the many wonderful people here on Care2.
|If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
||Try to improve public education by, for starters, significantly raising teachers' salaries; and make State Universities affordable for everyone. 2.) Raise the minimum wage to $11.00/hour. 3.) [and comin' up fast] order everyone a pizza! 4.) Tax the Uber-Wealthy accordingly. 5.) Sponsor Woodstock Re-enactments in Memorial Park annually.
|What/who changed my life and why
||My Wife and best friend Sherri!
|What Bugs Me
|What Scares Me
5 Corporate-owned Supreme Court Justices,
Like Ike said,
The Industrial Military,
Neil deGrasse Tyson,
Elizabeth Cady Stanton,
Robert Green Ingersoll
||"There are ... some potentates I would kill by any and all means at my disposal. They are Ignorance, Superstition, and Bigotry -- the most sinister and tyrannical rulers on earth."
~ Emma Goldman, speaking from a Detroit pulpit in 1898
irc;½..if by a liberal they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people - their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, their civil liberties... if that is what they mean by a "liberal" then I am proud to be a liberal. Ãƒï¿½Ã&mac
~ John F. Kennedy
"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy: that is the
search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
~ John Kenneth Galbraith
"I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it."
~ J. S. Mills
"It is not too much to say that every indication of Design in the Kosmos is so much evidence against the Omnipotence of the Designer"
~ J. S. Mills
"I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them."
~ Adlai Stevenson
"The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite."
~ Thomas Jefferson
"The liberty of a Democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their Democratic State itself. That, in its' essence, is Fascism - ownership of Government power by an individual, by a group or by any controlling power."
~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Acirc;½re not a democracy. ItÃƒï¿½Ã&m
½s a terrible misunderstanding and a slander to the idea of democracy to call us that. In reality, weÃƒï¿½Ã&m
½re a plutocracy: a government by the wealthy.Ãƒï¿½&Ati
~ Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
"A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious."
"Patriotism is a religion, the egg from which wars are hatched."
~ Guy de Maupassant
"Patriotism is the belief your country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it."
~ George Bernard Shaw
"It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion."
~ Oscar Wilde
"What does it matter to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?"
~ Mahatma Gandhi
"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."
~ Theodore Roosevelt
"In my own private concerns with mankind, I have observed that to kick a little when under imposition has a good effect. A little sturdiness when superiors are much in the wrong sometimes occasions consideration."
~ Benjamin Franklin
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty
nor safety. "
~ Benjamin Franklin
"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise."
~ James Madison
"The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries."
~ James Madison
"I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it"
~ Abraham Lincoln
"My country is the world and my religion is to do good."
~ Thomas Paine
"Have the courage to follow your own reason."
~ Immanuel Kant
"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things."
~ Rene Descartes
"Believe nothing because someone says it is so, even if I say it.
Believe only what you yourself can test and judge to be true."
"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.Ãƒï¿½Ã
c;½ ~ Mark Twain
"Outside of a dog, a book is a Man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
~ Groucho Marx
"That's my opinion and if you don't like it, well, I have others."
~ Groucho Marx
Children of Men,
Inherit The Wind,
Judgement at Nuremberg,
The Green Mile,
2001:A Space Odyssey,
The DaVinci Code,
Master and Commander,
28 Days Later,
Lord of the Rings Trilogy,
The Andromeda Strain,
Dan Rather Reports,
Real Sports HBO,
PBS in general,
the Daily Show,
National Geographic Channel,
but never at the same time
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