Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Social and Civic Ideals - A Quote

Social and civic ideals, as such, in so far as they are not organically connected with moral ideas, but exist by themselves like a separate half cut off from the whole by your LEARNED KNIFE; in so far, finally, as they may be taken from the outside and successfully transplanted to any other place, in so far as they are a separate ‘institution,’ such ideals, I say, neither have, nor have had, nor ever could have, any existence at all!  For what is a social ideal, and how shall we understand the word?  Surely its essence lies in men’s aspiration to find a formula of political organization for themselves which shall be faultless and satisfactory to all—is it not so?  But people do not know the formula.  Though they have been searching for it through the six thousand years of history, they cannot find it…

And we may ask the scornful themselves: If our hope (of redemption through Christ) is a dream, when will you build up your edifice and order things justly by your intellect alone, without Christ?  If they declare that it is they who are advancing towards unity, only the simple-hearted among them believe it, so that one may positively marvel at such simplicity.  Of a truth, thay have more phantastic dreams than we…

F.M. Dostoevsky

Posted by John Venlet on 07/11 at 04:54 PM
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“That’s My Business”

Posted at Curmudgeonly & Skeptical, an American deals with The Obamastapo (video runs 5:04).

As noted by Rodger the Real King of France, the gentleman in the video is a fine role model for dealing with The Obamastapo.

Posted by John Venlet on 07/11 at 10:52 AM
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A Mere Shadow of a Sign


The mere shadow of the sign seen in this photo is almost universally recognizable as meaning “prepare to stop if necessary to let a driver on another approach proceed,” or yield.  The sign only came into our collective consciousness a mere sixty-two years ago in 1950, and yet throughout the world, today, drivers recognize the wisdom of yielding when they come upon the sign, though it stands there mute, unthreatening and without coercive power.  The yield sign is a success story in universal cooperation, even its mere shadow commands our attention.

Isn’t it a pity that the yield sign seemingly has more universal cooperative power than the universalizability of the golden rule?

Posted by John Venlet on 07/11 at 08:14 AM
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