Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Rethinking Agnosticism



Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march out... and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have done him no harm and with whom he has no quarrel.... And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for "the universal brotherhood of man" -- with his mouth.
--Mark Twain

I intended to write a short, insightful piece about war, but then I discovered that I know little that is new about the subject except for what I have read that was written by others. For example: Henry Miller, in The Wisdom of the Heart, said: "We kill because we are afraid of our own shadow, afraid that if we used a little common sense we'd have to admit that our glorious principles were wrong."

Anything I could understandably say (or write) about war, whether foolish or wondrously insightful, has already been said.


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I recently read somewhere that The Oxford English Dictionary says the word agnostic first showed up as a noun for a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of immaterial things, especially of the existence or nature of God.

According to that definition, then, I now profess to be an agnostic.


Did You Know . . .?

MIT is developing a wristband that can regulate your 'thermal comfort' possible eliminating the need for central heating and cooling.



On July 2, 1937, the Lockheed aircraft carrying American aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan is reported missing near Howland Island in the Pacific. The pair were attempting to fly around the world when they lost their bearings during the most challenging leg of the global journey: Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island, a tiny island 2,227 nautical miles away, in the center of the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Itasca was in sporadic radio contact with Earhart as she approached Howland Island and received messages that she was lost and running low on fuel. Soon after, she probably tried to ditch the Lockheed in the ocean. No trace of Earhart or Noonan was ever found.



dreadnought  [dred-nawt]
1.  a type of battleship armed with heavy-caliber guns in turrets.
2.  an outer garment of heavy woolen cloth.
3.  a thick cloth with a long pile.



(born July 2, 1947)
Larry David is an American actor, writer, comedian, and television producer. He was the co-creator, with Jerry Seinfeld, of the television series Seinfeld, and was its head writer and executive producer from 1989 to 1996. David has subsequently gained further recognition for the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, also created by David, in which he stars as a semi-fictionalized version of himself.

(born July 2, 1937)
Polly Holliday is an American actress. She has appeared on stage, television and in film. She is best known for her portrayal of sassy waitress "Flo" on the hit 1970s sitcom Alice, and her starring role in its short-lived spinoff, Flo. Flo's signature line was "Kiss my grits!"

(July 2, 1946 - Mar 15, 2009)
Ron Silver was an American actor, director, producer, radio host and political activist.

(born July 2, 1986)
Lindsay Lohan is an American actress and recording artist. She began her career as a child fashion model when she was three, and was later featured on the soap opera Another World for a year when she was 10. At age 11, Lohan made her motion picture debut in Disney's remake of The Parent Trap (1998), a critical and commercial hit. Her next motion picture was Disney's remake of Freaky Friday (2003).


War does not determine who is right -- only who is left. 
--Bertrand Russell



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