Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Quotations for such times

During these times of political fluidity I remember two quotes and a fable about revolutions and the change of government. The first comes from Historians Will and Ariel Durant's book "The Lessons of History".
"The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character, the only real emancipation is individual, and the only real revolutionaries are philosophers and saints."
The next quotation comes from Ambrose Bierce's satirical work "The Devil's Dictionary",
"REVOLUTION, n. In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment. . . . the substitution of the rule of an Administration for that of a Ministry, whereby the welfare and happiness of the people were advanced a full half-inch."
And the last comes from George Orwell's fable "Animal Farm". In the tale the animals liberate themselves from their human oppressors and begin to build an equitable society. They set-up the basic laws of their society:
1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. 2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend. 3. No animal shall wear clothes. 4. No animal shall sleep in a bed. 5. No animal shall drink alcohol. 6. No animal shall kill any other animal. 7. All animals are equal.
In due time things changes slowly. Their leaders, the pigs, fight for power and the victors - gradually changes the law.
1. Four legs good, two legs better! 2. No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets. 3. No animal shall drink alcohol to excess. 4. No animal shall kill any other animal without cause. 5. All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others"
Often times what needs to be said has already been said and just needs to be repeated.


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