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There are Men Too Gentle to Live Among Wolves

There are men too gentle to live among wolves
Who prey upon them with IBM eyes
And sell their hearts and guts for martinis at noon.
There are men too gentle for a savage world
Who dream instead of snow and children and Halloween
And wonder if the leaves will change their color soon.

There are men too gentle to live among wolves
Who anoint them for burial with greedy claws
And murder then for a merchant’s profit and gain.
There are men too gentle for a corporate world
Who dream instead of candied apples and ferris wheels
And pause to hear the distant whistle of a train.

There are men too gentle to live among wolves.
Who devour them with eager appetite and search
For other men to prey upon and suck their childhood dry.
There are men too gentle for an accountant’s world
Who dream instead of Easter eggs and fragrant grass
And search for beauty in the mystery of the sky.

There are men too gentle to live among wolves
Who toss them like a lost and wounded dove.
Such gentle men are lonely in a merchant’s world.
Unless they have a gentle one to love.

James Kavanaugh

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Censored

Imagine a world without free knowledge …

Stop American Censorship

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? – Who will watch the watchers?
Juvenal

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold
is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
Thomas Jefferson

Any society that would give up a little liberty
to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
Thomas Jefferson

Ignorance

Theodore Gerard – The Collectors Studio

Time after time,
history demonstrates that when people
don’t want to believe something,
they have enormous skills of ignoring it altogether.
Jim Butcher

History shows that there is nothing so easy to enslave and
nothing so hard to emancipate as ignorance,
hence it becomes the double enemy of civilization.
By its servility it is the prey of tyranny,
and by its credulity it is the foe of enlightenment.
Lemuel K. Washburn

No matter how big the lie;
repeat it often enough and
the masses will regard it as the truth.
John F. Kennedy

Nothing in the world is more dangerous
than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Ignorance is ultimately
the worst enemy of a people who want to be free.
Jonathan Hennessey

He who stands for nothing will fall for anything.
Alexander Hamilton

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Aldous Huxley

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Integrity

George William Watts – Hope

It has always seemed strange to me…
the things we admire in men,
kindness and generosity, openness, honesty,
understanding and feeling,
are the concomitants of failure in our system.
And those traits we detest,
sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness,
egotism and self-interest,
are the traits of success.
And while men admire the quality of the first
they love the produce of the second.
John Steinbeck

It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief,
if I may so express it,
that mental lying has produced in society.
When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted
the chastity of his mind
as to subscribe his professional belief to things
he does not believe
he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.
Thomas Paine

The line separating good and evil
passes not through states,
nor between political parties either -
but right through every human heart.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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Politics

The Roots of Violence:
Wealth without work,
Pleasure without conscience,
Knowledge without character,
Commerce without morality,
Science without humanity,
Worship without sacrifice,
Politics without principles.
Mahatma Gandhi

If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind,
someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions,
someone who cares about the welfare of the people -
their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs,
their civil rights and their civil liberties -
someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and
suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad,
if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”,
then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”
John F. Kennedy

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired
signifies in the final sense,
a theft from those who hunger and are not fed,
those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers,
the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
This is not a way of life at all in any true sense.
Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower