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PostSubject: Re: Thought provoking excerpts   Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:56 pm

you`re catching on...people want hope, will pay for hope, and the greater the promise, the higher the price...the buyer of the 15,000 Wye bull  paid more, rightfully expecting more, but the economic truth of the bull becomes insignificant if he can sell  enough hope to others...
It`s an easier sell if you are true believer, most are, and cannot be held accountable, and won`t be by me, for I have been there, and believed the fairy tales and would still yet pay a Beckton fee to see the screenplay, but not on Broadway ...
in the meanwhile, I`ve fallen in love again...will be a couple days getting back to normal self Smile watch full screen...no wonder monk Tom Merton was awestruck and confessed he too had fallen in love...

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=joan+baez+bbc+arts&view=detail&mid=5FA195218A927B01C42B5FA195218A927B01C42B&FORM=VIRE
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PostSubject: Re: Thought provoking excerpts   Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:57 am

the romance is over...ruined by the Great Pretenders once again, if you can`t lead by example, pass a law...and if these bastards ever have the chance, we would go back to slavery as well...after all, blacks are an inferior race, created to work for white masters, so said my sunday school teacher long ago before I declared my independence of stupidity ...

FRANKFORT
On the last day of this year’s legislative session, the Senate and House quietly approved resolutions to make sure their documents are dated with the phrase “in the Year of Our Lord.”
“It’s important for us to go back to the basics of our U.S. and state constitutions that used that phrase. I’m also trying anywhere and everywhere I can to respect our creator,” said state Sen. Albert Robinson, R-London, who sponsored the Senate measure.


State Sen. Albert Robinson, R-London. Legislative Research Commission
Both measures, House Resolution 218 and Senate Resolution 294, were approved by voice vote in the final hours of the 2017 General Assembly on March 30.
The resolutions say the House and Senate shall include “in the Year of our Lord” in the adopted date of all the chambers’ simple resolutions and floor citations.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article144130479.html#storylink=cpy

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PostSubject: Re: Thought provoking excerpts   Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:41 am

“There is the type of man who has great contempt for "immediacy," who tries to cultivate his interiority, base his pride on something deeper and inner, create a distance between himself and the average man. Kierkegaard calls this type of man the "introvert." He is a little more concerned with what it means to be a person, with individuality and uniqueness. He enjoys solitude and withdraws periodically to reflect, perhaps to nurse ideas about his secret self, what it might be. This, after all is said and done, is the only real problem of life, the only worthwhile occupation preoccupation of man: What is one's true talent, his secret gift, his authentic vocation? In what way is one truly unique, and how can he express this uniqueness, give it form, dedicate it to something beyond himself? How can the person take his private inner being, the great mystery that he feels at the heart of himself, his emotions, his yearnings, and use them to live more distinctively, to enrich both himself and mankind with the peculiar quality of his talent? In adolescence, most of us throb with this dilemma, expressing it either with words and thoughts or with simple numb pain and longing. But usually life suck us up into standardized activities. The social hero-system into which we are born marks out paths for our heroism, paths to which we conform, to which we shape ourselves so that we can please others, become what they expect us to be. And instead of working our inner secret we gradually cover it over and forget it, while we become purely external men, playing successfully the standardized hero-game into which we happen to fall by accident, by family connection, by reflex patriotism, ro by the simple need to eat and the urge to procreate.”
― Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death
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PostSubject: Re: Thought provoking excerpts   Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:01 am

“How does one transcend himself; how does he open himself to new possibility? By realizing the truth of his situation, by dispelling the lie of his character, by breaking his spirit out of its conditioned prison. The enemy, for Kierkegaard as for Freud, is the Oedipus complex. The child has built up strategies and techniques for keeping his self-esteem in the face of the terror of his situation. These techniques become an armor that hold the person prisoner. The very defenses that he needs in order to move about with self-confidence and self-esteem become his life-long trap. In order to transcend himself he must break down that which he needs in order to live. Like Lear he must throw off all his "cultural lendings" and stand naked in the storm of life. Kierkegaard had no illusions about man's urge to freedom. He knew how comfortable people were inside the prison of their character defenses. Like many prisoners they are comfortable in their limited and protected routines, and the idea of a parole into the wide world of chance, accident, and choice terrifies them. We have only to glance back at Kierkegaard's confession in the epigraph to this chapter to see why. In the prison of one's character one can pretend and feel that he is somebody, that the world is manageable, that there is a reason for one's life, a ready justification for one's action. To live automatically and uncritically is to be assured of at least a minimum share of the programmed cultural heroics-what we might call "prison heroism": the smugness of the insiders who "know.”
― Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death
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PostSubject: Re: Thought provoking excerpts   Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:42 am

the cattle breeder on the road less traveled?

“The key to the creative type is that he is separated out of the common pool of shared meanings. There is something in his life experience that makes him take in the world as a problem; as a result he has to make personal sense out of it. This holds true for all creative people to a greater or lesser extent, but it is especially obvious with the artist. Existence becomes a problem that needs an ideal answer; but when you no longer accept the collective solution to the problem of existence, then you must fashion your own. The work of art is, then, the ideal answer of the creative type to the problem of existence as he takes it in-not only the existence of the external world, but especially his own: who he is as a painfully separate person with nothing shared to lean on. He has to answer to the burden of his extreme individuation, his so painful isolation. He wants to know how to earn immortality as a result of his own unique gifts. His creative work is at the same time the expression of his heroism and the justification of it. It is his "private religion"-as Rank put it. Its uniqueness gives him personal immortality; it is his own "beyond" and not that of others.”
― Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death
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PostSubject: Re: Thought provoking excerpts   Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:27 am

“The whole thing boils down to this paradox: if you are going to be a hero then you must give a gift. If you are the average man
you give your heroic gift to the society in which you live, and you give the gift that society specifies in advance. If you are an artist
you fashion a peculiarly personal gift, the justification for your own heroic identity, which means that it is always aimed at least
partly over the heads of your fellow men. After all, they can't grant the immortality of your personal soul. As Rank argued in the
breathtaking closing chapters of Art and Artist, there is no way for the artist to be at peace with his work or with the society that
accepts it. The artist's gift is always to creation itself, to the ultimate meaning of life, to God. We should not be surprised that Rank
was brought to exactly the same conclusion as Kierkegaard: that the only way out of human conflict is full renunciation, to give one's
life as a gift to the highest powers. Absolution has to come from the absolute beyond. As Kierkegaard, Rank showed that this rule
applied to the strongest, most heroic types-not to trembling and empty weaklings. To renounce the world and oneself, to lay the
meaning of it to the powers of creation, is the hardest thing for man to achieve-and so it is fitting that this task should fall to the
strongest personality type, the one with the largest ego. The great scientific world-shaker Newton was the same man who always
carried the Bible under his arm.”
― Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death
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PostSubject: Re: Thought provoking excerpts   Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:06 am

“The personality can truly begin to emerge in religion because God, as an abstraction, does not oppose the individual as
others do, but instead provides the individual with all the powers necessary for independent self-justification. What greater
security than to lean confidently on God, on the Fount of creation, the most terrifying power of all? If God is hidden and
intangible, all the better: that allows man to expand and develop by himself.”
― Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death
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PostSubject: Re: Thought provoking excerpts   Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:38 am

MKeeney wrote:
“The personality can truly begin to emerge in religion because God, as an abstraction, does not oppose the individual as
others do, but instead provides the individual with all the powers necessary for independent self-justification. What greater
security than to lean confidently on God, on the Fount of creation, the most terrifying power of all? If God is hidden and
intangible, all the better: that allows man to expand and develop by himself.”
― Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death
Quote :
If God is hidden and intangible, all the better:
Just like old dead guys who wrote books.

The smaller the god the less it takes to be religious. Mortal gods are easier as they die and then they sell their books at the Salvation Army resale shop for 50 cents. That was easy.
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PostSubject: Re: Thought provoking excerpts   Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:59 pm


What man really fears is not so much extinction, but extinction with insignificance.

Ernest Becker

don`t we all Bonnie Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Thought provoking excerpts   Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:55 pm

yes, you need co-operation to create sales success...

If everyone lives roughly the same lies about the same thing, there is no one to call them liars. They jointly establish their own sanity and themselves normal.
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PostSubject: Re: Thought provoking excerpts   Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:33 am

Mankind invented the atomic bomb,
but no mouse would ever construct
a mousetrap.

Albert Einstein
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