The Problem With The World

The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence. —Charles Bukowski … [Read more...]

Quote of the Moment: Destroying the Country to Save It

Mother Jones on Franklin Graham:As Graham denounced the Obama years, Newsmax's Kathleen Walter asked, "So we've become too secular a nation? How do we bring God back into government?" Graham replied:Maybe God will have to bring our nation down to our knees—to where you just have a complete economic collapse. And maybe at that point, maybe people will again begin to call upon the name of almighty God.Yeah, I know that this is basically the plot of every story in the Old Testament. B … [Read more...]

“What people need is beautiful, comforting stories”

Most people are not looking for provable truths. As you said, truth is often accompanied by intense pain, and almost no one is looking for painful truths. What people need is beautiful, comforting stories that make them feel as if their lives have some meaning. Which is where religion comes from. —Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 … [Read more...]

Mark Twain on Worthless Second-Hand Beliefs

In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing. —Mark Twain, Autobiography … [Read more...]

Quote of the Moment: Beck on God

Glenn Beck after the election considers some deep theology:Conservative radio host Glenn Beck on Wednesday declared that Mitt Romney’s loss to President Barack Obama proved that “sometimes God really sucks.”Also, history:“Just like those Christians that rolled up the Dead Sea Scrolls and put them in pots. I don’t know what happened to those Christians but they hid them"Dammit, put down the Dan Brown. The Dead Sea Scrolls were written and hidden by Jews. You're either thinking of … [Read more...]