“Singers and Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every note they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life – the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because Musicians and Singers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment – to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Singers and Musicians are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.”
David Ackert, LA Times.
“As the great parliamentarian Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
President John F Kennedy, 1961.
“The general population doesn’t know what’s happening and it doesn’t even know that it doesn’t know”
“The greatness of a man is not how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively”
Bob Marley (apparently).
“You do not have a soul; you are a soul. You have a body”
C S Lewis.
"All matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration. We are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves."
"We can almost recycle everything now. If we lived within our means, by being prudent, the 7 billion people in the world could have everything they needed. Global politics should be moving in that direction. But we think as people and countries, not as a species."
Uruguay President José "Pepe" Mujica [more here]
"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction."
"We are blinded by self-destructive fantasy. An array of amusements and spectacles, including TV “reality” shows, huge sporting events, social media, porn (which earns at least twice what Hollywood movies generate), alluring luxury products, drugs, alcohol and magic Jesus, offers enticing exit doors from reality."
"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody will see it."
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second , it is violently opposed. Third, is it accepted as self-evident."
"The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself ... Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable."
H.L. Mencken, American Writer 1880-1956
"For you see, the world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined..."
Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister 1874-1880
"Politics is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex"
"If voting made a difference they wouldn't let us do it"
"Crime is based upon need - making money. People sell drugs to make money. If everybody is cared for, they don't sell drugs, and if there's no money, you can't sell drugs even if you wanted to. There'd be no such thing as gambling, prostitution, selling out, or paying off a senator or a governor. There are no senators, there are no governors, so you can't pay them off. If you take away the basis or the condition that generates abhorrent behavior, you don't have abhorrent behavior."