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Tuesday
May222018

Freedom From Fear

Geometry does not teach us to draw these lines, but requires them to be drawn, for it requires that the learner should first be taught to describe these accurately before he enters upon geometry, then it shows how by these operations problems may be solved.

— Sir Isaac Newton, Philosophie Naturalis Principia Mathematica, 1686

Like the ultimate chicken and egg syndrome, Sir Isaac Newton said for geometry to exist, geometry itself demands that lines be drawn.

Throughout history we have been fighting over our differences; good versus evil, right versus wrong.

Now our very existence demands that distinctions be drawn.

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Tuesday
May222018

Freedom of Speech

This is the true joy in life: Being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

— George Bernard Shaw, attributed as from a “speech at Brighton”

A Vicious Circle

The everyday conversations we have with people and ourselves are not free. They are always prejudiced by something that has already happened.

Two things are common to all humans …

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