Yuval Noah HarahYuval Noah Harah is an Israeli historian and author of Sapiens as well as Homo Deus- Brief History of tomorrow. The books are a mix of history, zoology, anthropology, philosophy and more. He is of the belief that Homo Sapiens as we know them will disappear within a century. Below are some good passages we all should reflect on. He wisely believes one of the ways to live a good life is to truly know yourself and to not let technology enslave you, as it has with so many.
This from Alexander Tyler, a Scottish professor. It is worth repeating…….let it serve as a warning at this moment in history…Great nations progress in the following sequence…From bondage to spiritual faithFrom spiritual faith to great courageFrom great courage to libertyFrom liberty to abundanceFrom abundance to complacencyFrom complacency to apathyFrom apathy to dependenceFrom dependence back to bondage
Capitalist vs. Consumerist!“The capitalist and consumerist ethics are two sides of the same coin, a merger of two commandments. The supreme commandment of the rich is ‘Invest!’ The supreme commandment of the rest of us is ‘Buy!’ The capitalist–consumerist ethic is revolutionary in another respect. Most previous ethical systems presented people with a pretty tough deal. They were promised paradise, but only if they cultivated compassion and tolerance, overcame craving and anger, and restrained their selfish interests. This was too tough for most. The history of ethics is a sad tale of wonderful ideals that nobody can live up to. Most Christians did not imitate Christ, most Buddhists failed to follow Buddha, and most Confucians would have caused Confucius a temper tantrum. In contrast, most people today successfully live up to the capitalist–consumerist ideal. The new ethic promises paradise on condition that the rich remain greedy and spend their time making more money and that the masses give free reign to their cravings and passions and buy more and more. This is the first religion in history whose followers actually do what they are asked to do. How though do we know that we'll really get paradise in return? We've seen it on television.” ― Yuval Noah Harari
The federal debt stands around 21 trillion dollars, not including state and local debt, nor does it include agency debt…or about 65,000 per person…
We are only here for such a short time being kind seems to be the way to go. There is so much to be thankful for, be joyful because it is possible.
A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent from of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy which is always followed by a dictatorship……
No act of kindness, however small, is wasted.”-- Aesop
“Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it.” ― Ronald Reagan