BS, USNA, Annapolis, 1959; MSA, The Geo. Washington U., 1975; Submariner, Commander, USN, 1959 - 1981; Aerospace battery engineer & mgr., 1981 - 1999; Political affiliation: Mainly of the Democratic persuasion but not a fan of the extremes on either side.
"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."
"The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind."
-- William Blake, A MemorableFancy
I love to doubt as well as know."
To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.
-- William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
"We are here on earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I don't know."
-- W. H. Auden
"Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence."
-- Wiliam Blake, The Argument
"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed."
-- Herman Melville, US novelist & sailor (1819 - 1891)
"It’s better to believe in what you know than to know what you believe in."
-- HL Gaskins
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” – Epicurus circa 300 BCE
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Monthly Archives: August 2010
“Time To Get Your Flu Shot”, a news item, caught my eye on the internet today. Huh? Seems too early, but I have noticed drug-store signs about vaccinations around town lately. The AP item explains that the vaccine is stronger … Continue reading
Is it ethical to get rich by running a charity? Oral Roberts, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim & Tammy Bakker, and Tony Alamo, among others apparently thought so. Me, I don’t. In fact, it seems downright nefarious. I just received my latest solicitation … Continue reading
A college education is one of life’s largest expenses and probably the biggest source of personal debt next to houses. The costs are all over the board and generally greater for private schools than public. Just out of curiosity and … Continue reading
To me, one of the great joys of life is the present availability of information. The refinement of objective information through scientific collaboration and competition has converged with the internet to provide unprecedented access. In a variety of fields such … Continue reading
Much of the angst in the nation and the world concerns fairness, or alternatively, JUSTICE. This can be a complicated subject in philosophy and much has been written about it in every conceivable context. I here list some of the … Continue reading
Illegal immigration is of course a current hot topic. The nation is in a quandary over the issue, particularly since the passing of the new Arizona law which is now on a track that seems certain to end at the … Continue reading