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  • We should always question the truth of every statement given to us, not because others may be lying, but because others may be as much in the dark as we are, but be totally unaware of their ignorance.


  • Convention is like a mold that we are supposed to pour our brains into before they can become acceptable occupants within our skulls.


  • Prejudices flourish like mushrooms in that their optimal environment is to have as little light as possible.


  • Is a duty something that can be imposed on another, or must a duty be assumed by the individual in order to become the individual’s? We often speak of one’s duty, but no one can say how that duty became owned. A duty is more like an orphan. We can choose to adopt or not, and no one can force the adoption by merely asserting that it is our duty.


  • Belief, not supported by reason, is like a tall building without a foundation.


  • The evils that mankind does, seldom go by that name; but many evils have names that denote virtues.


  • We need to keep in mind that there probably are as many people interested in bringing others down as in bringing themselves up.


  • That “The truth will set you free.” is often said; but this is a kind of freedom not unlike when you were born. First you will probably cry.


  • Like many animals that shed their skin as they grow, the process of maturing involves the shedding of old delusions and the acquiring of newer ones for shedding later. Hopefully the newer “skins” are closer to the truth than the ones just shed.


  • The near meaningless terms of right and wrong are easily revealed as such by just asking someone that uses those terms to explain what they mean by them using only words that refer to what can be verified to exist.


  • When we deal with what we believe to be the truth, it should be defended like any other thing that is precious, such as our lives.


  • When we dispute with another, we should welcome our being shown to be incorrect because that means that we become closer to the truth than before. When we are shown to be correct however, the other party is the one that gains.


  • If you believe that what you do doesn’t make a difference, then you need to ask yourself” “What does?”


  • It is the great American myth that somewhere within wealth lies the individual’s happiness. Wealth provides only one kind of freedom among thousands; and the person that is unhappy without wealth will likely be stylishly unhappy with it.


  • Doubt is the name of the finger that turns the first page in the book of wisdom.


  • There is a disease that almost always comes from a succession of successes. This disease is called “The Victory Disease”. There is only one vaccine that is useful in preventing it, and that is to not allow oneself to become confident that the immediate past is going to become the immediate future. Failure to use this vaccine is a virtual guarantee of future failures until immunity is developed.


  • Patriotism is a belief that generally benefits the many at the expense of the few.


  • If someone believes himself to be indispensable, does he then believe himself to be no longer mortal?


  • Some say that love is the result of need; while others disagree and say that need is the result of love. This is rather like wondering if the tail of a coin is the result of the head or vice versa. They both are part of a single whole, and neither exists happily for long without the other.


  • Usually when we try to get something for nothing, we end up getting nothing for something.


  • The words good and bad, and all of their thousands of derivative words, express little more than our feelings about things. Whenever “good” is expressed, it can be more objectively replaced by: “I or we or they, like something.” Bad can be replaced by: “I or we or they, dislike something.”


  • WHO OWNS ME?


  • Since slavery is now prohibited in America, it is safe to assume that I own me, but do I?


  • If I own me, shouldn’t I be permitted to do whatever I want with me as long as whatever I do harms no one else? Logic says yes while our laws say no.


  • If I own me, shouldn’t I be the one to say what I’m worth to me? Logic says yes while our laws say no.


  • If we have separation of church and state, shouldn’t our laws avoid dictating religious beliefs? Logic says yes while our laws say no.


  • If we deem it cruel to let an animal suffer when it has no hope of recovery, shouldn’t a human be allowed equal protection from cruelty? Logic says yes while our laws say no.


  • If by any standard that is used to determine mental competency, I’m deemed mentally competent, shouldn’t I be allowed to decide about my continued existence? Logic says yes while our laws say no.


  • The tyranny of theologies, once implemented into our laws, has throughout history, and probably will throughout the foreseeable future, weigh down on mankind’s existence with outrages such as this. At this time a person must suffer unbearably and without any hope of recovery, because of theological beliefs that have corrupted some of our laws; laws that bear no relationship to mankind’s humanity.


  • WALT HASKINS


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