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We do not know — neither the sophists, nor the orators, nor the artists, nor I — what the True, the Good, and the Beautiful are.  But there is this difference between us: although these people know nothing, they all believe they know something; whereas, I, if I know nothing, at least have no doubts about it.  As a result, all this superiority in wisdom which the oracle has attributed to me reduces itself to the single point that I am strongly convinced that I am ignorant of what I do not know.
   ―  Socrates
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On This Day In:
2016 Me, Myself & I
2015 God, Give Us Men!
2014 Got Any Bezzy Mates?
2013 On Being A Nerd – Awesome
2012 Writers Write
2011 And History Has Proved This Correct
2010 Fascinating Discontinuity
Tasted Bacon?

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Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.
   ―  Socrates
[Or to see who is willing to pay for them…   —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 Namaste
2015 Still Learning
2014 Dark Processes
2013 To The Last Link
2012 Slept In Again
2011 Home Again, Naturally
2009 Thoughts after a long day of OT…

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We are another breed here at Cape Kennedy – not everyone, but certainly the men who have finally gone up, and the handful most closely involved with them.  We’re trained to be cast closer to heaven and its planets.  And when you leave the earth for orbit in space, as I have three times, you can see how small our little mudball of a world is in true godly perspective.  When a one-and-a-half-million-pound thrust puts you up there, alone in the Mercury capsule, or with one other in the Gemini capsule, and you swing around the earth for several days, you come to have some spiritual knowledge of what the Maker meant when he packed our patty-cake together, and populated it with living beings, and gave this mudball a semblance of order and its men a modicum of intelligence.  Believe me, Mr. President, you lose all petty poisons that corrupt men and spoil life.  You lose all that in outer space.  You come to understand how lucky man is even to exist, how fortunate he is to survive, and you come to speculate on why he lacks appreciation of his lot, and why he destroys so much of his own pleasure and the enjoyment of those around him with incredible pettiness of mind and action.  One period, when I was up there, I thought – I know this will sound odd – but I thought, if only men like Caligula, Attila, Torquemada, Hitler, the jurors of Socrates, the witch burners of Salem, the bombers of Birmingham, the ravagers of reason and decency had been made to don our twenty-pound pressurized space suits and been hurtled into orbit, to look above and look below, and then had fired their retrorockets to descend to earth once more, they would come down like resurrected saints.  That’s what can happen, Mr. President.  No matter how many or few your failings, when you return from there to here, you are never the same again.  You’ve left prejudice, hatred, destructiveness, lying, cheating in the reaches of outer space.  You look upon your fellow men with the eyes of eternity, as your equals on the earth, and you want to live and let live.
   —  Irving Wallace
Excerpt from his novel: “The Man
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On This Day In:
2015 It Takes A Village
2014 In God’s Eyes
2013 We Root For Ourselves
2012 Like A Shark
2011 Discernible Virtue

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I cannot teach anybody anything.  I can only make them think.
  ―  Socrates
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On This Day In (Leap Year):
2012 Stingray – TV Series Review  (This is my most popular post since starting my blog – hands down!  It still draws hits almost every week.  The hits seem to come mostly from Central Europe.  I guess the show must be in syndication there.)
A Single Thread

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To be is to do.
  —  Socrates
To do is to be.
  —  Sartre
Do be do be do…
  —  Sinatra
Scoo bi doo bi doo!
  —  Scoobidoo
[Not every post has to be serious…  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 A Lover
2011 What Have We Found Here
Words

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