In researching to write I stumbled on the following quote by George Orwell:
"Speaking the Truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act. "
Having thought of him through the prism of Animal Farm, I was amazed at the depth of his wisdom, and the clarity of thought in some of his quotes. Funny how I thought him a writer, in another time we would have called him Teacher.
Some others by him:
"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." - This is the underpinning philosophy of every racist who has ever walked on the Earth.
"Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." - Advertising & Marketing Agencies are now indispensable to Political Parties, whose sole function is to weave lies into truth and to disguise the real intentions of those who they campaign for.
"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." - Real Leadership speaks truth to everyone regardless of how unpopular that truth might be, in its service of the greater good.
"We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." - How very well said.
"Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power." - In other words, every thing said to you in an election on a campaign is a lie, and your willingness to be a part of that lie determines how much you benefit from the plunder.
"War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent." - I have said and I confess I have also heard others say that a truly educated and informed electorate would reject every single candidate that have so far made themselves available for election.
The plot set aside for another offering, I now went in search of other wisdom, other writings that have been etched into timelessness, their contributors mounted on timeless pedestals for all eternity.
Here are some of those that I found:
An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied. - Arnold H. Glasow - ENT?
Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.- Robert Byrne - watching Warner and Manning in the last election, I literally had to squint and vote.
He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander. - Napoleon Bonaparte - Prudent knowledge, this.
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. - Will Rogers - I would hope the media adopts this policy at some point.
I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business. - Sydney Pollack - Could not have said it better Sydney, all odor, no substance.
If a politician murders his mother, the first response of the press or of his opponents will likely be not that it was a terrible thing to do, but rather that in a statement made six years before he had gone on record as being opposed to matricide. - Meg Greenfield - In other words, lie, lie, lie.
If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable. - Louis D. Brandeis - Extrdite them Anand, really.
In politics nothing is contemptible. - Benjamin Disraeli - Panjack, Ramjack, Gypsyjack, and now Kamjack. Hey, whatever works for you when ethics is not a consideration.
Politics have no relation to morals. - Niccolo Machiavelli - Patrick Mervyn Eustace Dhanraj Leeking Sabga Manning.
Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. - John Kenneth Galbraith - Manning vs Warner
So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy. - Roger Nash Baldwin - ENT?????
The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river. - Ross Perot - Those who only see the dirty water are called MP's.
The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. - Dante Alighieri - for the mocking pretenders, the centrist deserters, those who resist the call for Country First. Fire Bun Dem
The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal, that you can gather votes like box tops is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process. - Adlai E. Stevenson - And will eventually undo us all
The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. - John Stuart Mill - All that is required for evil to prosper is that good men do nothing.
The secret of getting things done is to act! - Dante Alighieri - This is specifically for the MP's still in campaign mode.
The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith.- John Foster Dulles - Hmmm
Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. - Alexander Hamilton - you see them every election in their orgasmic frenzy, parroting their leaders' drivel.
'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. - Thomas Paine - Put that on my tombstone, chisel it deep so it will last a long, long time.
We have, I fear, confused power with greatness. - Stewart Udall - Only the public's response will change this.
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. - Edmund Burke - Agreed!
You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt. - Daniel Hannan - Hmmm
You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. - John Morley - Truth lives beyond
All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man. - Henry David Thoreau - And I fully expect to be quoted one day
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. - Thomas Jefferson - Agreed.
It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf. - Walter Lippmann - Wow!
Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us. - P. J. O'Rourke - Ent?
Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness. - Fred Woodworth - And they would have been better able to help themselves and each other.
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery? - Saint Augustine - Extradite them now Anand
Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed. - Benjamin Franklin - Let everyone on death row vote for ten people to be hanged on behalf of them all.
Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper. - Larry Flynt - Lol
The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return. - Gore Vidal - Vexing
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. - Mohandas Gandhi - ENT?
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children. - Kahlil Gibran - In other words, don't take yourself too seriously
All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain? - Buddha - Nothing more needs to be said.
Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. - Lao Tzu - Nice
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. - Martin Luther King, Jr. - Beautifully said.
Standing on the shoulders of giants, I left this for last:
"Until we know what we want and demand it, others will decide what we get, and we'll have to settle for it" - Phillip Edward Alexander