19 August 2004
War is seldom about a real conflict between two peoples, much more
frequently about the egos of their leaders. The ancient Greeks
developed customs that permitted the leaders of two armies to engage in
one-on-one combat that spared their general engagement. Later, this was
further ritualized into Olympic competitions that satisfied a few menís
needs to dominate while avoiding loss of life and damage to property.
18 August 2004
Much of Will Rogers's humor was cynical, but rarely mean. Three of his most positive:
Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction.
The best way out of a difficulty is through it.
You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is.
16 August 2004
"If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and
power, but for the passionate sense of what can be, for the eye, which, ever
young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints. Possibility
never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating
-- Soren Kierkegaard