Category Archives: Culture

History

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” The words of Thomas Jefferson. To be contrasted, of course, with the well-known dictum that those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat … Continue reading

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Constitution

“The Constitution is the guide which I will never abandon.” The words of George Washington. Or, if you prefer something more modern, there is Gerald R. Ford: “Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not men.” … Continue reading

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March

“The trouble with you, Spode, is that just because you have succeeded in inducing a handful of half-wits to disfigure the London scene by going about in black shorts, you think you’re someone. You hear them shouting “Heil, Spode!” and … Continue reading

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Airplane

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” The words of Pericles. And, Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of Poland’s governing Law and Justice party (PiS) is determined that … Continue reading

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Abortion

“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. The teaching of the Church is clear, and I am a son of the Church, but it is not necessary to talk about … Continue reading

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Family

“You don’t chose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” The words of Desmond Tutu. Or, if you prefer, there is George Bernard Shaw, “a happy family is but an earlier heaven.” And, although … Continue reading

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Zero Tolerance

“Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others”. So said John F. Kennedy. For the late Christopher Hitchens, “I learned that very often the most intolerant and narrow-minded people … Continue reading

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Democracy

“The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.” So thought Charles de Montesquieu. While for George Bernard Shaw, “Democracy is a device that … Continue reading

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Free Expression

“Freedom of speech means freedom for those you despise, and freedom to express the most despicable views. It also means that the government cannot pick and choose which expressions to authorize and which to prevent.” Wise words from US lawyer, … Continue reading

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Charity

“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance”. So thought St. Francis of Assisi. And in the current refugee crisis, while there may be a fair amount of charity, there is much less wisdom and, as … Continue reading

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