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The Most Powerful Explosions Start With Ideas

The Most Powerful Explosions Start With Ideas

I don’t believe there are dangerous writers: the danger of certain books is not in the books themselves but in the passion of their readers. ~Octavio Paz Gunpowder is an uninteresting chemical compound until it is compressed then ignited unleashing violence beyond its scant physical dimensions. The violence can be channeled for devastation as when […]

¿Afraid of Joy?

¿Afraid of Joy?

Anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. ~David Quammen There are more books on my “To Read” shelf in Goodreads than I can possibly read in this life even if I dedicated every waking hour to reading. I would barely dent […]

Swimming Against The Tsunami

Swimming Against The Tsunami

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. ~Marcus Garvey I just finished reading the book, “Half The Story Never Told” by Edward E. Baptist. It is the sordid history of slavery in the US. Sordid is the only word I can think of to […]

When Evil Ascends the Throne

When Evil Ascends the Throne

I think if you’re impregnated with good literature, with good culture, you’re much more difficult to manipulate, you’re much more aware of the dangers that powers represent. ~Mario Vargas Llosa We the people tend to elect the least common denominator to public office because we are a nation choosing to watch TV rather than crack […]

Mentally Jerking Off to Holy Books

Mentally Jerking Off to Holy Books

Books keep stupidity at bay. ~Nina George Books can keep stupidity at bay if, and only if, the reader masticates books offering diverse points of view. Reading only Liberal rags stokes stupidity flames. Reading only Conservative offerings ensures stupidity grows unbounded. The same stupidy assumes control if we glean all truth from only the Bible […]

Are Not My Truths The Same As Yours?

Are Not My Truths The Same As Yours?

Learned men collect sacred texts. ~Pablo Neruda Knowledge is power. Books disseminate knowledge from all points in history. Ergo books are powerful. I would further postulate, it is knowledge passed from person to person, that makes us human therefore sacred. In this respect, all books, all texts are sacred and we should especially seek to […]

A Fool’s Folly

A Fool’s Folly

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. ~Maya Angelou Most people make the best decision possible based on the information available at the moment of truth. To look back from a vantage point built upon a mountain of future knowledge where the happened consequences can easily […]

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