26 October 2007

Rational anarchy

Filed under: Quotes

A rational anarchist believes that concepts, such as ‘state’ and ‘society’ and ‘government’ have no existence save as physically exemplified in the acts of self-responsible individuals. They believe that it is impossible to shift blame, share blame, distribute blame… as blame, guilt, right, wrong, and responsibility are matters taking place inside human beings singly and nowhere else. But being rational, they know that not all individuals hold their evaluations, so they try to live perfectly in an imperfect world… aware that their efforts will be less than perfect yet undismayed by self-knowledge of self-failure.

Therefore, I will accept the rules that you feel necessary to your freedom. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am ethically responsible for everything I do.

19 October 2007

Quote of the day…

Filed under: Quotes

“I always wanted a happy ending… Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.”
– Gilda Radner (1946 – 1989)

9 October 2007

The truth…

Filed under: Ponderings,Quotes

The hardest part about gaining any new idea is sweeping out the false idea occupying that niche. As long as that niche is occupied, evidence and proof and logical demonstration get nowhere. But once the niche is emptied of the wrong idea that has been filling it — once you can honestly say, “I don’t know”, then it becomes possible to get at the truth.

-Heinlein

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