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Citations from eulenspargel et. al.
Those that western society offers an existence only in the gutter fall easy prey to ratcatchers.
We, the western Politics, are the good ones because we stand for freedom, democracy and human rights. As far as possible western politicians avoid talking of vested interests.
To look outward is to dream; to look inward is to awake.
[Carl Gustav Jung]
Man is man's wulf (lupus est homo homini)
[Titus Maccius Plautus]
I guess the trouble was that we didn’t have any self-admitted proletarians. Everyone was a temporarily embarrassed capitalist.
[John Steinbeck about communists of his days]
To be born at the wrong time in the wrong place with the wrong genes in the wrong family is a mistake that can never be made good.
The arrogance that prompts us to realize the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, misleads us to transform our good Earth into a Hell.
Most children survive the educational methods of their parents.
Between the devil and the deep blue sea: asylum seekers escape a hot hell only to vegetate in a cold one.
Illusions make the world go round.
Creatures draw back out of respect for homo sapiens: wild boars stay out of the cornfields, bears avoid Bavarian soil, wolves stay out of Saxony, sharks keep away from the Australian coast. That is how it ought to be.
Success has many fathers.
The mother of stupidity is always pregnant.
Market fundamentalism pervades all areas of contemporary civilization, has saturated every corner of the world, and created what Pope Francis recently described as the “Globalisation of Indifference”, a world in which “we have become used to the suffering of others. It doesn’t affect us. It doesn’t interest us. It’s not our business” [The Guardian]. This extreme model of capitalism places profit, not people at the centre of everything. The wellbeing of human beings has become secondary to the aim of maximizing returns no matter the costs, human or environmental, remorselessly pursued by corporate governments and their multi-national bedmates.
[Graham Peebles in Counterpunch (keyword "inequality disorder")]
The instinct-motivated human being naturally uses outwardly logical criteria in judging others'
"I saw under the sun the place of judgement, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts. For that which befalleth beasts; even one
thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea they all have one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. All go unto one
place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?"
[Josef cites from Kohelet(קהלת)/Ecclesiastes 3:16-22, in Lion Feuchtwanger "The day will come"]
Recovering a sense of proportion, a respect for dialog, and the use of reason – all of those values that are constantly threatened by the whipped-up gusts of the sublime – should be our political project.
[Chris Gilbert in Counterpunch
The foe we hate above all else
Surrounds us black and leaden
'tis the ignorance of the populace
Amenable solely to the sword of reason
[Jakob Audorf, "Worker Marseillaise", 1864]
At Hitler's birth three good fairies stood at his cradle. The first bestowed the wish that every German be honest, the second that every German be intelligent, the third that every German be National Socialist. But then came the bad fairy. She determined that every German was allowed only two of these characteristics. And so the 'Führer' was left with only
intelligent National Socialists that were dishonest,
honest National Socialists with empty heads, and
honest and intelligent citizens that were not National Socialists.
[cited in the autobiography "The past is myself" by Christabel Bielenberg]
The best way to despair of democracy is to talk with a voter for five minutes.