Axis of Logic Ezine - September, 2005
By Axis Editorial Board
Axis of Logic
Thursday, Sep 22, 2005
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"The teaching of the Great Learning is to manifest one's illustrious virtue, love the people, and rest in the highest good. ... The ancients who wished to manifest illustrious virtue throughout the world, first ordered well their own states. Wishing to order well their own states, they first regulated their own families. Wishing to regulate their own families, the first cultivated their own selves. Wishing to cultivate their own selves, they first rectified their own minds. Wishing to rectify their own minds, they firs sought for absolute sincerity in their thoughts. Wishing for absolute sincerity in their thoughts, they first extended their knowledge. This extension of knowledge consists in the investigation of things.
"Things being investigated, only then did their knowledge become extended. Tehir knowledge being extended, only then did their thought become sincere. Their thought being sincere, only then did their mind become rectified. Their mind being rectified, only then did their selves become cultivated. Their selves being cultivated, only then did their families become regulated. Their families being regulated, only then did their states become rightly governed. Tehir states being rightly governed, only then could the world be at peace."
- The Great Learning, by Tseng Tzu from
A Short History of Chinese Philosophy
"Can a criminal court for Yugoslavia, which ignores pervasive violence by the U.S. and diverts public awareness from United States conduct and legitimize by silent acceptance aerial and missile attacks on civilians and illegal weapons use against one country after another, making its repetition expected before it occurs, contribute to the hope for the rule of law, justice and peace?
"The United States, itself immune from control or prosecution and above the law, uses its power to cause the persecution of its enemies it selects to terrorize and further demonize. It manufactures and sells arms to chosen nations, to groups seeking to overthrow governments it opposes, uses illegal weapons against defenseless people with impunity, continues to consolidate and expand its near monopoly of nuclear weapons and sophisticated rocketry, spends trillions on unilateral protection from Star Wars, assuring a continued arms race while poverty overwhelms billions, hunger cripples millions, starvation takes hundreds of thousands of lives and AIDS spreads among poor nations.
"It cripples international environmental protection, undermines control of nuclear weapons by threatening to withdraw from long-standing protections of ABM and Non-Proliferation treaties. It refuses to ratify treaties to protect life from land mines, which it continues to manufacture, sell and deply. It threatens to undermine a treaty controlling biological and chemical warfare. And the United States regularly engages in covert operations and violent military interventions in other nations in violation of their sovereignty and law."
- President Slobodan Milosevec from
Hidden Agenda U.S/NATO Takeover
of Yugoslavia, 2002
Axis of Logic's "Enemy Series"
"We will fight for Venezuela, for Latin American integration and the world. We reaffirm our infinite faith in humankind. We are thirsty for peace and justice in order to survive as species. Simón Bolívar, founding father of our country and guide of our revolution swore to never allow his hands to be idle or his soul to rest until he had broken the shackles which bound us to the empire. Now is the time to not allow our hands to be idle or our souls to rest until we save humanity."
- Hugo Chavez Frias, President
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
United Nations Speech, September, 2005
Our character...is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.
- George Santayana
"What happened last night is very disturbing to all of us, and it should be really disturbing to America, ... Because no matter what you think about the war, we should all honor the sacrifice of the ones who have fallen. And to me it's so ironic that I'm accused of dishonoring my son's memory, by doing what I'm doing, by the other side, and then somebody comes and does this."
- Cindy Sheehan
The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied...but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing.
- John Berger
"There's no such thing as legacies. At least, there is a legacy, but I'll never see it."
-George W. Bush, speaking to Catholic leaders
at the White House, January, 2001
"The true history of my administration will be written 50 years from now, and you and I will not be around to see it."
- George Walker Bush, interview with
Trude Feldman, October, 2004
"Yes, the idea of a pigheaded soldier who will obey orders, and fire on his own father at the command of an officer, is a great comfort to the aristocratic mind."
- Thomas Carlyle
"What I'm hearing which is sort of scary is that they all want to stay in Texas. Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (chuckle) – this is working very well for them."
–Barbara Bush, mother of George W. Bush
Former First Lady Barbara Bush, on the
hurricane evacuees at the Astrodome
in Houston, Sept. 5, 2005
Oh, teach me the meaning of tenderness, dear skies,
Through the unfurling ribbons of your embrace.
Whisper to me the ethics of being lean,
In my feasting celebration for life.
- Darrell B. Grayson on
Alabama's Death Row
Civil Rights/Human Rights
Global Corporate Empire
"The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decisions, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now".
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