Some random quotes of the day, four about violence, and one about stupidity:
“Anyone who clings to the historically untrue — and thoroughly immoral — doctrine that violence never solves anything I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler would referee. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor; and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and their freedoms.” – Robert A. Heinlein
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” – Jesus speaking, in Matthew 10:34
“Then said he unto them, but now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.” Jesus speaking, in Luke 22:36
“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” – Winston Churchill
“Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin, the victim can’t help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime: the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.” – Robert A. Heinlein, in “Time Enough For Love” as part of “The Notebooks of Lazarus Long”.
I quote these here today, because I see the truth of them, pretty much every time I turn on the TV. Those who think these things are not true are, at best, guilty of wishful thinking – and will pay for it, ultimately.
Obviously, I’m in kind of a grim mood, tonight.
Addendum: My son, R, suggests the following additions:
“Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.” – Terry Pratchett, in “Hogfather”
“Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate…” – Terry Pratchett, in “Feet of Clay”