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Quote Of The Day

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I have been a quote collector and quote monger for at least as long as I have been an atheist, and likely much longer.  There is a fascination in me of those who are sufficiently skilled in language that they structure words into concepts and ideas and proposed actions which grab my attention and interest, whether it is John F. Kennedy's unabashed statement: "We choose to go to the moon and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard," Robert A. Heinlein's blunt expression: "If you've got the truth, you can demonstrate it.  Talking doesn't prove it. SHOW people," or Captain Kirk's subtle yet important tactical observation, having encountered and been challenged by the dauntingly huge First Federation vessel: "Not chess, Mr. Spock ... Poker!"

Certainly, atheism has had its share of skilled spokespeople, whose words have inspired and driven us, whether it was Madalyn Murray O'Hair, saying: "An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church," or Sam Harris, who noted that: "The only problem with Islamic fundamentalism are the fundamentals of Islam," or Aron Ra's far more succinct: "If you can't SHOW it, you don't KNOW it."

Consciously or unconsciously, I suspect all of us have learned and grown from such words and many others, becoming stronger and more mature, not just in our atheism but in ourselves, having heard such words as these, and that is the point of this group: not to just deal in quotes which praise and promote atheism but which advance the cause of knowledge, self-understanding and self-ownership.  Each of us have likely heard someone say something and think, "Wow!" and resonated to the significance of what they heard.

That's what I want to do here: share, learn, and grow, not just from THEIR words, but our own.

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One suggestion for the main comment area of the group: Please keep your quotes to under 20 lines or 200 words.  That way, one entry won't dominate a given page of the comment area.  If you have a longer quote or speech which you think is significant, create a separate post in the group.

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WAR is a racket.

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WAR is a racket. It always has been.By Major General Smedley Butleronline at: https://ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html"It is…Continue

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You've created God in your own image when...

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Comment was by Davy on December 4, 2020 at 3:04pm

Formerly when great fortunes were only made in war, war was business ; but now when great fortunes are only made by business, business is war.

- Christian Nestell Bovee ( 1820 – 1904) was an epigrammatic New York City writer.

Comment was by Loren Miller on December 4, 2020 at 6:53am

Almighty God, I am sorry I am now an atheist, but have You read Nietzsche?
 -- John Fante, Ask the Dust

I think if Yahweh read Nietzsche, the result would be much the same as that of the argument about the Babel Fish! And Nietzsche is Pietzsche!

Comment was by Grinning Cat on December 3, 2020 at 1:14pm

(Correction: that recording of War is a Racket was read by John Greenman.)

Comment was by Grinning Cat on December 3, 2020 at 1:12pm

An actual quote from War is a Racket:

The only way to smash this racket is to conscript capital and industry and labour before the nation's manhood can be conscripted. […] Let the officers and the directors and the high-powered executives of our armament factories and our steel companies and our munitions makers and our ship-builders and our airplane builders and the manufacturers of all other things that provide profit in war time as well as the bankers and the speculators, be conscripted — to get [...] the same wage as the lads in the trenches get.

Comment was by Grinning Cat on December 3, 2020 at 1:10pm

Thanks! I found War is a Racket online, both as a recording of Gen. Butler's speech and as the text of his short book.

Comment was by Onyango Makagutu on December 3, 2020 at 7:29am

Grinning Cat thanks for the recommendation. I will check it out. And while on the subject of war, I would recommend war is a racket by Smedley Butler. His suggestions on how to end war I think will remain relevant for a very long time to come

Comment was by Loren Miller on December 3, 2020 at 6:20am

The Good is that which leads to health, The Right is that which leads to peace. Purpose is ours to choose, Meaning is the story we choose to join. We are all members of Darwin's family, all kin from the beginning of life. If you value anything, value other humans, for they are the only help you will have in times of trouble. The Godless Universe is vast and wondrous, and more than enough. We have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
-- John Hodges

Yeah ... that pretty well covers it.

Comment was by Mrs.B on December 2, 2020 at 1:40pm

Denying/ignoring reality does not make it go away.

Comment was by Loren Miller on December 2, 2020 at 8:58am

OR because a certain segment of the population wants to IGNORE that truth.  Seems as though Mohandas was one pretty sharp cookie!

Comment was by Grinning Cat on December 1, 2020 at 2:54pm

On killing in large numbers while in uniform becoming somehow noble and glorious, veteran war correspondent Chris Hedges' book War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning is worth a look.

"Hedges shows how war seduces not just those on the front lines but entire societies, corrupting politics, destroying culture, and perverting the most basic human desires."

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27502.War_Is_a_Force_That_Gives...

 

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