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Just looking around

… walking the streets, at work, online, riding public transit, driving, everywhere, even in games, our institutions, our politics … on reflection, a perspective, a nudge:

“I want to mention some of the obvious symptoms [of a sick culture]: Violence. Muggings. Sniping. Arson. Bombing. Terrorism of any sort. Riots of course–but I suspect that little incidents of violence, pecking away at people day after day, damage a culture even more than riots that flare up and then die down. I guess that’s all for now. Oh, conscription and slavery and arbitrary compulsion of all sorts and imprisonment without bail and without speedy trial–but those things are obvious; all the histories list them.”

“Friday, I think you have missed the most alarming symptom of all.”

“I have? Are you going to tell me? Or am I going to have to grope around in the dark for it?”

“Mmm. This once I shall tell you. But go back and search for it. Examine it. Sick cultures show a complex of symptoms such as you have named… but a dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.”

“Really?”

“Pfui. I should have forced you to dig it out yourself; then you would know it. This symptom is especially serious in that an individual displaying it never thinks of it as a sign of ill health but as proof of his/her strength.”

– From the Novel Friday, by Robert A. Heinlein.

… just sayin’ …

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Modern Times

What you should know

At St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, a sprinkler system was installed in the four entrance alcoves to “discourage” the homeless from taking shelter there from the elements. Apparently, it’s been in operation for a couple of years.

“The idea was not to remove those persons, but to encourage them to relocate to other areas of the Cathedral, which are protected and safer. The purpose was to make the Cathedral grounds as well as the homeless people who happen to be on those grounds safer.

“We are sorry that our intentions have been misunderstood and recognize that the method used was ill-conceived. It actually has had the opposite effect from what it was intended to do, and for this we are very sorry.”

~Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese, Bishop William Justice

I guess the idea of having someone invite these people to relocate these other, more protected and safer areas of the cathedral, never crossed anyone’s mind.

Oh, and great last name, Bishop Justice. You win Irony for today.

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“I was hungry and you formed a humanities club and discussed my hunger.
I was imprisoned and you crept off quietly to your chapel and prayed for my release.
I was naked and in your mind you debated the morality of my appearance.
I was sick and you knelt and thanked god for your health.
I was homeless and you preached to me of the spiritual shelter of the love of god.
I was lonely and you left me alone to go and pray for me.
You seem so holy, so close to god.
but I’m still very hungry and lonely and cold.”
~Author unknown

In a Nutshell

Saw this on deviant art, and had to share.

Mother Gaia, by humon…

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Figure 1“It’s not just a head thing, this is very much a heart issue. … Many conservatives I think see action on climate change as really an attack on a way of life. The reason that we need the science to be wrong is otherwise, we realize that we need to change. That’s really a hard pill to swallow — that the whole way I’ve created my life is wrong, you’re saying? That I shouldn’t have this house in the suburbs, that I shouldn’t be driving this car. … And you’re not going to tell me to live the way that you want to live. And along come some people sowing some doubt, and it’s pretty effective, because I’m looking for that answer.

“I want it to be that the science is not real.”

~Former South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis on the need to resist the conclusions of science in the denial “community”, from the documentary “Merchants of Doubt”Powell Pie Chart 2

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