One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.
~ Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970) http://www.mcmaster.ca/russdocs/russell.htm
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress had been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.
~ Oscar Wilde, playwright – (1854-1900) http://www.cmgww.com/historic/wilde/index.php
Health is infinite and expansive in mode, and reaches out to be filled with the fullness of life; whereas disease is finite and reductive in mode, and endeavors to reduce the world to itself.
~ Oliver Sacks, writer – (1933-) http://www.oliversacks.com
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.
~ The opening sentence of “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
It is not enough to make noisy calls to halt moral degeneration; we must do something about it. Since present-day governments do not shoulder such ‘religious’ responsibilities, humanitarian and religious leaders must strengthen the existing civic, social, cultural, educational, and religious organizations to revive human and spiritual values. Where necessary we must create new organizations to achieve these goals.
~ H.H. the Dalai Lama at Kalachakra Initiation, Rikon, Switzerland, August 1985
They Thought They Were Free
“What no one seemed to notice was the ever widening gap between the government and the people. And it became always wider… the whole process of its coming into being, was above all diverting, it provided an excuse not to think… for people who did not want to think anyway gave us some dreadful, fundamental things to think about… and kept us so busy with continuous changes and ‘crises’ and so fascinated… by the machinations of the ‘national enemies,’ without and within, that we had no time to think about these dreadful things that were growing, little by little, all around us…
Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, ‘regretted,’ that unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these ‘little measures’… must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing… Each act is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next.
You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join you in resisting somehow. You don’t want to act, or even talk, alone… you don’t want to ‘go out of your way to make trouble.’ But the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes.
That’s the difficulty. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves, when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed.
You have accepted things you would not have accepted five years ago, a year ago, things your father… could never have imagined.”
Milton Mayer, They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45, (University of Chicago Press, 1955)
() the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.
~ Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf
Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.
~ Adolf Hitler – German Chancellor, leader of the Nazi party
If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
~ Joseph Goebbels
The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.
~ Aldous Huxley -(1894-1963) Author
See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.
~ George W. Bush – 43rd US President
Laws just or unjust may govern men’s actions. Tyrannies may restrain or regulate their words. The machinery of propaganda may pack their minds with falsehood and deny them truth for many generations of time. But the soul of man thus held in trance or frozen in a long night can be awakened by a spark coming from God knows where and in a moment the whole structure of lies and oppression is on trial for its life.
~ Sir Winston Churchill