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  1. I have read some Epictetus.

    Just today, I came across a new personal epiphany, tho I think I knew it before.

    I don’t remember the exat quote but I remember the concept:

    If you make a judgement about an issue, that judgement entangles you to that issue.

    My own earlier thinking is that one does not have to make a judgement about things that are thrown at us, that we don’t have to allow the events or fake events of the day influence our emotions and our actions and inactions. We don’t have to make personal, mental, emotional and spiritual investments to every little issue that is FORCED upon us by the media. We don’t have to be manipulated in that manner. It is a grand thing to sit on the fence on issues, to see both sides, or to wonder if what we are told is true or not. I have always said that apathy destroys the soul. But this is NOT apathy. I don’t cease to care about things. I merely have stopped letting my thinking and care be influenced from the outside, unless of course we are talking about those storms that rolled thru this past week, and the week of clean-up that it is forcing me to make. I believe in my internal sensor that indicates truth from fiction when I have no emotional or mental or spiritual investment in the issue. I will not doubt it.

    I will not “entangle” to everything that they want me to. I am more at peace. My peace means the world has more peace.

    I have even let go of the fact that all 7 of my pullets, my layers are roosters. It was tough going but I have it down now.

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  2. Joseph Biden ‘We Will Follow ISIS to Gates of Hell’

    So like Isis, what is it that is supposed to be resurrected, Joe? Why on earth would you use Egyptian mythology? Who was it you were talking to when you said this?

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  3. “For,” Gargantua said, ” the greatest loss of time that I know, is, to count the hours. What good comes of it? Nor can there be any greater dotage in the world, than for one to guide and direct his courses by the sound of a bell, and not by his own judgement and discretion.” Francois Rabelais

    My illegally-living rooster, the one I simply cannot kill (ohgodohgodohgodohgod), marks the rising of the sun, my beloved of the cosmos. It seems he crows on the hour. He did not adjust his timing, nor did the sun.

    The ohgod pearls is my extreme anxiety about killing any more. It is just so hard on me to end their lives. They are not presently necessary for survival.

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  4. Where is everybody?

    Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540): Quoting: In narrating current events, some writers will enter on a discussion of what is likely to happen hereafter: and such forecasts, when made by men who are well-informed, seem very admirable to him who reads them. Nevertheless, they are extremely misleading. For as these reasonings, like the links of a chain, depend one upon the other, if any one of them fail, all the others deduced from it fall to cause an error in the conclusion. It is impossible, therefore, to form a judgement as to the course of the events while they are yet remote; our opinions must be formed and modified from day to day. End quote
    I got this from the book THE RENAISSANCE TREASURY, (1953) hard copy, now my own book (YAY!)

    Here is “Counsels and Reflections”:
    https://archive.org/details/counselsandrefl00thomgoog

    This is a great night time read. Altho it left me wanting to read so much more. So i was up reading for quite a while, early into the morning, starting Machiavelli’s play where he attempts humor. I don’t know if Machiavelli is successful at it, since I am barely into it. BTW, Machiavelli and Guicciardini were correspondents, writing to each other. Guicciardini is a little softer in the heart and less rigid in his advice. But Guicciardini is as current today as he was back then. Obviously history repeats itself.

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  5. “The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism.”
    FDR

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  6. I agree. I am all for regulating businesses and for giving The People true freedoms. But that is not what we have seen happening in the last 16 years.

    I tell my Congressmen, regulate the larger corporations, but not The People.

    SHillary was not going to allow us freedoms. She was going to take them away, just as Obama did.

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  7. After the tRumpelection and seeing how so many people are falling for false news this is relevant:

    “All this was inspired by the principle—which is quite true within itself—that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.
    — Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf”

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