Suffering and Consciousness

"Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness." -- Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist and essayist)             


The will-to-power seeks final security in dominating others.  The will-to-power is a frantic search for personal safety by tyrannizing others.  Tyranny can be tempered, sensitive, soft, but it is tyranny nonetheless.                  ...


"A study of economics usually reveals that the best time to buy anything is last year." -- Marty Allen (born Morton David Alpern, March 23, 1922, American stand-up comedian and actor)                                                    ...


"Older men declare war.  But it is youth that must fight and die." -- Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964, 31st President of the United States)                                         

Atheism and Property

"Atheism, if it exists, is the result of ignorance and pride, of strong sense and feeble reason, of good eating and ill living.  It is the plague of society, the corrupter of morals, and the underminer of property." -- Jeremy Collier...


"I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe.  Here I stand.  I can do no other, so help me God.  Amen." -- Martin Luther (1483-1546, German religious reformer)  


"The right to wave your fist ends where your neighbor's nose begins." -- Anonymous                        


"Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you." -- Anonymous                                 

Virtue and Health

"Virtue is to the soul what health is to the body." -- François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French author)                             

Social Structure and Logic

There are social structures, social arrangements, social logics which justify themselves ideologically by making virtues out of vices. For example, modern capitalism makes a virtue out of the vice of cut-throat competitiveness, or ...


"Earth's noblest thing is a Woman perfected." -- James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat)  


"Future generations will yet win many a liberty of which we do not even feel the want." -- Max Stirner (1806-1856, German philosopher)                                     

The Rules of Capitalism

Those who elect to play by capitalism's rules are not all evil criminals; it is the rules of capitalism which are criminal.  The game is criminal.                                              


"If the entire universe (including you) suddenly became its mirror image, there would be no way that you could detect such a change." -- Martin Gardner (1914-2010, American mathematics and science writer)                      

Capitalism Versus Republicanism

Capitalism demands that the private sector be increased; republicanism demands that the public sector be increased.  Anarchism demands that the public sector be socialized, but not nationalized.  Anarchism demands that the public sector be...


If capitalist propaganda works to make socialism unattractive, then socialist propaganda must work to make socialism attractive.  The difference is that capitalist propaganda falsifies socialism, while socialist propaganda explains ...


Although it is generally believed by theists that we cannot see God, I believe it is also true that we cannot feel God.  I suppose that most theists believe that we can feel God.                    

Marriage and Solitude

"If you are afraid of loneliness, do not marry." -- Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904, Russian physician, dramatist and author)                                          

Discretion and Flatulence

"If you pretend, out of discretion, not to notice a shameless man's fart, he'll just assume you've no sense of smell." -- Ahmadou Kourouma (1927-2003, Ivorian* novelist)   * Ivory Coast                                  


"A skeptic is not one who doubts but one who examines." -- Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804-1869, French literary critic)  

Pain and Reality

"Pain creates reality." -- Witold Marian Gombrowicz (1904-1969, Polish novelist and dramatist)                                   


"Science doesn't make eyes but spectacles." -- Ernst Jünger (1895-1998, German writer of political essays, novels and diaries)               

Love Is Blind

"Love is blind; therefore, it loves the dark." --Tadeusz Gicgier (1927-2005, Polish poet and novelist)                                     


"Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities." -- George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans, 1819-1880, English novelist, journalist and translator)