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“People were created to be loved, and things were created to be used.  The reason the world is in so much chaos right now is because people are being used, and things are being loved.”

~Anon (?)

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“I must not fear.  Fear is the mind-killer.  Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.

I will face my fear.  I will permit it to pass over me and through me.  And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see it’s path.  Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.  Only I will remain.”

~Frank Herbert, “Dune”

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“It’s just a ride.

But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that. You ever noticed that? And let the demons run amok. But it doesn’t matter, because … It’s just a ride.

And we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear wants you to put bigger locks on your door, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead see all of us as one.

Here’s what we can do to change the world right now, to a better ride:

Take all that money we spent on weapons and defense each year and instead spend it feeding, clothing, and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and WE CAN EXPLORE SPACE, TOGETHER, BOTH INNER AND OUTER, forever … in peace.”

~Bill Hicks (1961 – 1994)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMUiwTubYu0

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“…we live in a country in which a person cannot get elected president if he openly doubts the existence of heaven and hell.  […]  In our next presidential election, an actor who reads his Bible would almost certainly defeat a rocket scientist who does not.  Could there be any clearer indication that we are allowing unreason and otherworldliness to govern our affairs?”

~Sam Harris (The End of Faith)

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“I have a foreboding of America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time – when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public intrest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost their ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish what feels good and what is true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.”

~Carl Sagan – The Demon Haunted World