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You can’t expect insights, even the big ones, to suddenly make you understand everything.  But I figure: Hey, it’s a step if they leave you confused in a deeper way.
  —   Lily Tomlin
From Jane Wagner’s play: “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
[For a deeper confusion see Robert Graves’ poem: “In Broken Images”  —  KMAB]
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If everything is up for self-determination — from gender to religion to expectations about marriage — then there can be no unity, no community, no single America, no universal peoplehood.
Well, there probably never was as much national unity as mythologizers like to remember.  This is a nation that has always spoken hundreds of languages.  This is a nation that fought a civil war over the enslavement of one-third of its people.  Indeed, the most famous and celebrated of the The Federalist Papers, the intellectual cornerstone of America’s very founding is James Madison’s treatise on “factions” describing the inevitability (and productivity) of America’s intensely competitive special interest groups.
    —    Mark J. Penn
Quoted from: “Microtrends” by Mark J. Penn with E. Kinney Zalesne
[For another take on errors in perception, see:  “In Broken Images“, by Robert Graves.  And yet, as an American I believe “E Pluribus Unum“, (“Out of many, one”) is fundamentally correct!    —    KMAB]
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One of the primary virtues of commonsense reasoning is its resiliency.  It adapts well when confronted with new facts about a situation.
    -–    Dennis Shasha and Cathy Lazere
Quoted from:  “Out Of Their Minds
[The problem is too few people have developed commonsense and many of those who have don’t believe their eyes when confronted with new facts.   (See In Broken Images)   —    KMAB]
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Today I had a long day working on modifying/updating an application I’ve had running at work for several years.  I work in Human Resources and we use a departmental database I developed several years ago to keep track of various things.  (How’s that for a description full of banal generalities?)
Generally, the project is interesting because it will tie another function into the application.  Specifically, it’s interesting because the main application is about four years old and this will be the first major modification.  It should allow me to review (and hopefully improve on) some of the things that got thrown together in the heat of the initial development.
On the drive home, I randomly remembered two poems from many years ago.  In Broken Images was a poem I first read as an introduction statement to a science book I had in high school.  Philosophically, it’s always been a guide post warning me to think for myself and question what I (and others) “know” to be absolutely true.  The Para’s Prayer was also an introduction statement in a book.  I don’t remember the book.  I believe it was called Devils In Baggy Pants, but I’m not sure.  I read it back while I was a young, gung-ho trooper in the Army.
I hope you enjoy them both.  In case you’re interested – I still have the courage to ask…
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