‘After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.’

~ alexis de tocqueville


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  1. #1 by rufong on 12/04/2010 - 09:06

    “as far as i know, its very bad science to presume that your only tool of investigation is functional.” ~ tony wright

  2. #2 by rufong on 12/04/2010 - 10:16

    “I mean yes, there is, clearly.. humans do clearly possess a genius, which interests me.
    But if you look at how we apply that and where its actually led us, in terms of our quality of life and what we’ve done with that technology. To see those things as independent it doesn’t work for me.
    You know the, most, most of our effort goes into machines to kill each other.
    Yes they’re phenomenally advanced, but look what we do with it..”[same as above, Part 1]

    the beings able to challenge our left-brain dominated dysfunction,
    or assist with healing are the very beings we are slaughtering at a massive rate, each other.
    as well as the very plants we need, able to provide hormones, chemicals, fuel, molecules!

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