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Accepting ones inner child has its problems as most people are afraid of how people will react to such childish behavior from an adult.  However I don’t regard the ones that cast such opinions to be worthy of my upset, I see these types on a daily basis, most regard me a fool or a clown, yet it is I that pities them, for what is the point in living, if you cant feel alive?
  —  From a blog I follow at: http://tearmatt.com
The specific blog was: http://tearmatt.com/2012/12/06/the-beautifully-brief-moment/
[For me, this is reminiscent of the Garth Brooks song, “Standing Outside the Fire“.  Particularly the line that goes:
Life is not tried, it is merely survived
If you’re standing outside the fire
Click the song title above to read the full lyrics, then go check out the song on YouTube or your favorite music source.  —  KMAB]
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We are different, in essence, from other men.  If you want to win something, run 100 meters.  If you want to experience something, run a marathon.
  —  Emil Zatopek
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Superior people are only those who let it be discovered by others; the need to make it evident forfeits the very virtue they aspire to.
  —  Sydney J. Harris
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Spaceship Earth was so extraordinarily well invented and designed that to our knowledge humans have been on board it for two million years not even knowing that they were on board a ship.
  —  R. Buckminster Fuller
From his book: “Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth” (1963)
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Escape Hatches

The most important thing in an argument, next to being right, is to leave an escape hatch for your opponent, so that he can gracefully swing over to your side without too much apparent loss of face.
  —  Sydney J. Harris
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You speak of racism, for example, and I tell you that there’s no such thing as race.  The point is that racism is the product of tribalism and ignorance and both are falling victim to communications and world-around literacy.
  —  R. Buckminster Fuller
As quoted in “The View from the Year 2000” by Barry Farrell in LIFE magazine (26 February 1971)
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Rational extrapolation is a pistol, effective only at short ranges and not very effective there.  …  Prediction is a rifle, less accurate as the range increases.
  —  Gene Wolfe
From his introduction to the book: “The Complete Hammer’s Slammers, vol. 1“, written by David Drake
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The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.
  —  Sydney J. Harris
The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.
  —  Edward R. Murrow
[Computers…  Can’t live with them; can’t live without them.  —  KMAB]
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You can’t climb up to the second floor without a ladder.  When you set your aim too high and don’t fulfill it, then your enthusiasm turns to bitterness.  Try for a goal that’s reasonable, and then gradually raise it.
  —  Emil Zatopek
[Slowly, slowly; step by step; one rung of the ladder at a time…  —  KMAB]
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O God, our Father, Thou Searcher of human hearts,
help us to draw near to Thee in sincerity and truth.
May our religion be filled with gladness and may our worship of Thee be natural.
Strengthen and increase our admiration for honest dealing and clean thinking,
and suffer not our hatred of hypocrisy and pretense ever to diminish.
Encourage us in our endeavor to live above the common level of life.
Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong,
and never to be content with a half truth when the whole can be won.
Endow us with courage that is born of loyalty to all that is noble and worthy,
that scorns to compromise with vice and injustice and knows no fear when truth and right are in jeopardy.
Guard us against flippancy and irreverence in the sacred things of life.
Grant us new ties of friendship and new opportunities of service.
Kindle our hearts in fellowship with those of a cheerful countenance,
and soften our hearts with sympathy for those who sorrow and suffer.
Help us to maintain the honor of the Corps untarnished and unsullied and to show forth in our lives the ideals of West Point in doing our duty to Thee and to our Country.
All of which we ask in the name of the Great Friend and Master of all.
Amen
  —  From the United States Military Academy at West Point web site
The actual page is: http://www.usma.edu/chaplain/SitePages/Cadet%20Prayer.aspx
[With apologies to the USMA at West Point, I’ve reformatted the “Cadet’s Prayer” to be slightly more pleasing to my eye.  Please visit the site to view the prayer in it’s regular format.  —  KMAB]
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I have spent a majority of my life feeling disconnected from the rest of the world.  I had never really felt with one with anything, and certainly not anyone that wasn’t a member of my family or my close group of friends.
…ironically, there is a way for it to improve simply by getting yourself locked into that very mundane circle, I have tried to avoid it everyday of my life, thinking that one of not knowing and random acts of adventure was “where it was at” it isn’t.  By forcing such things into your life or expecting them, can only cause impatience and a feeling of sadness that things are not happening for you.   For it is that very essence, of locking yourself in to a life that is routine, that we all begin to connect.
  —  from a blog I follow titled:   http://tearmatt.com
The individual blog title is: Monotonous As One
[The first sentence struck me very close to the bone; as did the second.  As I continued reading, less and less so.  Which in no way detracts from the substance of the initial two sentences – which I think is some of the beauty of words as a mean of expression.  The blog ends with a few words on how we may attempt to “connect” with others.  I don’t agree with the concept of locking oneself into a routine so that one may “connect” with others.  While there will certainly be a level of similarity, this is not my idea (or ideal) of connecting.
I am reminded of an exchange in the movie, “The Last Samurai“: “A man may spend his whole life looking for the perfect blossom.  And, it would be a life well spent.”   It is only at the end of the movie that the speaker (on viewing some blossoms blowing in the wind) realized: “They are all perfect…
We are all connected.  Whether we realize it or not…  Unfortunately, most never do.  —  KMAB]

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Have We Met?

Ninety per cent of the world’s woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues.  Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves – so how can we know anyone else?
  —  Sydney J. Harris
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We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living.  It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest.  The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living.  We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist.  So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors.  The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.
  —  R. Buckminster Fuller
Quoted in: “The New York Magazine Environmental Teach-In” by Elizabeth Barlow
In New York Magazine (30 March 1970)
[From Bucky’s lips, to God’s ears… — KMAB]
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Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.
  —  Edward R. Murrow
[My Drill Sergeant used to say, “I will listen to your reasons, but I will not accept your excuses.”  Come to think of it, “difficulty” wasn’t any good as a reason or as an excuse.  —  KMAB]
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All I can hope to teach my son is to tell the truth and fear no man.
  ―  Edward R. Murrow
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