„People hold on to arbitrary certainties and try to enforce them on others, often violently, in the name of some made-up righteous cause.“

Quelle: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (2016), Chapter 9, “...And Then You Die” (p. 207)

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Autor 1984

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„We must enforce the laws and enforce them speedily. People will obey and follow our laws if there is certainty of punishment.“

—  Francis Escudero Filipino politician 1969

2009, Speech: The Socio-Economic Peace Program of Senator Francis Escudero

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„Some people learn from mistakes and don't repeat them, Others try to block the memories and just delete them“

—  Immortal Technique American rapper and activist 1978

Mistakes
Albums, The 3rd World (2008)

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„For nearly four decades I placed some ideation, some ideal, some abstraction, before personal love, foolishly - inhumanly - believing that some cause, some goal, some ideology, was the most important thing and therefore that, in the interests of achieving that cause, that goal, implementing that ideology, one's own personal life, one's feelings, and those of others, should and must come at least second if not further down in some lifeless manufactured schemata. My pursuit of such things - often by violent means and by incitement to violence and to disaffection - led, of course, not only to me being the cause of suffering to other human beings I did not personally know but also to being the cause of suffering to people I did know; to family, to friends, and especially to those - wives, partners, lovers - who for some reason loved me. In effect I was selfish, obsessed, a fanatic, an extremist. Naturally, as extremists always do, I made excuses - to others, to myself - for my unfeeling, suffering-causing, intolerant, violent, behaviour and actions; always believing that 'I could make a difference' and always blaming some-thing else, or someone else, for the problems I alleged existed 'in the world' and which problems I claimed, I felt, I believed, needed to be sorted out […] Yet the honest, the obvious, truth was that I - and people like me or those who supported, followed, or were incited, inspired, by people like me - were and are the problem.“

—  David Myatt British writer 1950

Quelle: Letter To My Undiscovered Self (2012) http://www.davidmyatt.info/letter-to-self.html

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„The second class of evils comprises such evils as people cause to each other, when, e.g., some of them use their strength against others.“

—  Maimónides, buch The Guide for the Perplexed

Quelle: Guide for the Perplexed (c. 1190), Part III, Ch.12
Kontext: The second class of evils comprises such evils as people cause to each other, when, e. g., some of them use their strength against others. These evils are more numerous than those of the first kind... they likewise originate in ourselves, though the sufferer himself cannot avert them.

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„Those who seek to influence us always work on our individualities, either trying to stifle them with mass hypnotism or to spur them to life with such cries as 'Democracy!’ ... or fulfilment under some other name.“

—  Vera Stanley Alder British artist 1898 - 1984

Quelle: Humanity Comes of Age, A study of Individual and World Fulfillment (1950), Chapter I, Secrets Behind History

Gerald Ford Foto

„(Gail A. Cobb) has our lasting admiration for the cause of law enforcement and the well-being of our society, a cause for which she made the highest sacrifice.“

—  Gerald Ford American politician, 38th President of the United States (in office from 1974 to 1977) 1913 - 2006

Conference of the International Association of Police Chiefs http://www.mcjackie.com/cobb.html (24 September 1974).
1970s

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„You try to claim that the GPLv3 causes "More developers", and that, my idiotic penpal, is just crazy talk that you made up.“

—  Linus Torvalds Finnish-American software engineer and hacker 1969

LKML
June 18, 2007
http://groups.google.com/group/linux.kernel/msg/43013fe224f562e0.
2000s, 2007

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„How can we expect a righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone who will give himself up undividedly to a righteous cause?“

—  Sophie Scholl White Rose member 1921 - 1943

As quoted in Seeking Peace : Notes and Conversations Along the Way (1998) by Johann Christoph Arnold, p. 155
Kontext: Just because so many things are in conflict does not mean that we ourselves should be divided. Yet time and time again one hears it said that since we have been put into a conflicting world, we have to adapt to it. Oddly, this completely unchristian idea is most often espoused by so-called Christians, of all people. How can we expect a righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone who will give himself up undividedly to a righteous cause?

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Aimee Mann Foto

„Soon enough
you can say we made it up
just for fun I guess
to make a mess
cause what’s more fun
than other people’s hell“

—  Aimee Mann American indie rock singer-songwriter (born 1960) 1960

"Soon Enough"
Song lyrics, Charmer (2012)

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„They were careless people… they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made….“

—  F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Variante: They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.
Quelle: The Great Gatsby

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„A dictator is often a revolutionary who has made a name for himself. A revolutionary is often a bourgeois who hasn't.“

—  Marco Denevi, buch Falsificaciones

A menudo un dictador es un revolucionario que hizo carrera. A menudo un revolucionario es un burgués que no la hizo.
Falsificaciones (1977)

„People are often unconscious of some of the mechanisms that naturally occur in them in a biased way.“

—  Robert Trivers American evolutionary biologist and sociobiologist 1943

As quoted in Science at the Edge: Conversations with the Leading Scientific Thinkers of Today (2008), p. 170
Kontext: People are often unconscious of some of the mechanisms that naturally occur in them in a biased way. For example, if I do something that is beneficial to you or to others, I will use the active voice: I did this, I did that, then benefits rained down on you. But if I did something that harmed others, I unconsciously switch to a passive voice: this happened, then that happened, then unfortunately you suffered these costs. One example I always loved was a man in San Francisco who ran into a telephone pole with his car, and he described it to the police as, "the pole was approaching my car, I attempted to swerve out-of-the-way, when it struck me."
Let me give you another, the way in which group membership can entrain language-usages that are self-deceptive. You can divide people into in-groups or out-groups, or use naturally occurring in-groups and out-groups, and if someone's a member of your in-group and they do something nice, you give a general description of it – "he's a generous person". If they do something negative, you state a particular fact: "in this case he misled me", or something like that. But it's exactly the other way around for an out-group member. If an out-group member does something nice, you give a specific description of it: "she gave me directions to where I wanted to go". But if she does something negative, you say, "she's a selfish person". So these kinds of manipulations of reality are occurring largely unconsciously.

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