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  • No matter how logical we believe something to be, neither logic nor belief can do anything to increase the likelihood that something either is, was, or ever will be.

  • We are more likely to permit the entry of a beautiful fantasy than a plain or unpleasant truth. In these cases, we can say that beauty is only words deep.

  • It is easy to assume that we are the equal of all those that believe they are above us; but are we also willing to assume that we are the equal of those that believe we are above them?

  • We should all be thankful for death, for were it not for death, we’d have to contend with all of those prior generations that claim certainty as to what’s best for mankind. Thankfully, those of future generations will be spared our certainties as well.

  • It is easy to believe that the wisest of people only existed thousands of years ago, and that they are nowhere to be found today. This is probably false; because at the time of ancient wisdom, man needed every bit of wisdom in order to survive, and those bits have been preserved to this day. Today, wisdom seems unneeded to most for survival, so no matter how much its abundance, little wisdom of recent origin will be preserved for tomorrow.

  • The truth is most revealing when it is the naked truth.

  • It is obvious that the mess the world is in today, and has been for as long as we know, is the product of beliefs that have failed in producing the ideals most of us want. Why then do we so jealously guard those beliefs as necessary for our future?

  • Those that claim that things are right or wrong by decree, whether of themselves, government, or God, have just proclaimed that reason is alien to them.

  • Nothing so imprisons our minds as the entrenched beliefs that we never challenge.

  • All social movements possess a kind of inertia that builds as the movement gains success. Often that inertia causes the movement to not only attain its goal, but to go to such an excess that a new social movement is founded to reverse that excess.

  • Some individuals learn to love their theories so much that observations as to validity seem superfluous even when those observations are easily made. The greatest harm comes when those theories are impossible to confirm but attractive to a mass of people to believe. When this happens great destruction is usually the result.

  • The greatest anger occurs when neither person is able to support a belief objectively.

  • When something is infinitely divisible, it should be suspected as being only conceptual. Since time is infinitely divisible, we should suspect that our concept of time is only a concept, and that time, the way we conceive of it, is not real.

  • Every belief, now assumed to be true, was at one time considered untrue and dangerous. Many of the belittled beliefs of today may be considered obvious at some time in the future.

  • It may seem ennobling to die for one’s beliefs until we remember that most of those before us that did so, are not only no longer with us, but neither are the beliefs for which they died.

  • Few things that are presented to us are what they seem; for behind even the most obvious is one thing wrapped in another.

  • Beware of advice about life that comes from those that have tasted so little of it.

  • The collective beliefs of mankind are incapable on their own of creating a single bit of reality other than its own beliefs.

  • Many are repelled to the point of denial by aspects of life that are disturbing; but where was it ever written that life can’t be disturbing?

  • Children should be encouraged to be skeptical, even of the words of their parents, and perhaps especially of the words of their parents.

  • Many tend to shun science because so many scientific beliefs have been shown to be false as more information became available. What those that reject science fail to consider is that science is in the business of disproving itself. What other kind of belief is devoted to its own disproof?

  • The ideal of civilization should be to turn our focus off of one another and on to the future that we all must share.

  • Why is it when we have a belief that has clearly been shown to be false, that we still harbor the secret opinion that is still true but we just can’t explain how?


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