Thursday, September 18

And while we're on the topic of Shakesville...

Her question of the day yesterday is damn fine:

What is your political philosophy, in a single sentence?

Mine is pretty simple (and impossible for me to forget):

"Think of the kids."

For a broader philosophy, not merely political, I like Emerson (two sentences, sue me):

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

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  1. that sums it up for me as well.

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  2. I will not blindly obey.

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  3. "to know and not to do is not to know"

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  4. Sentence? I can do it in two words (well, I guess it's actually a two-word sentence):

    "Shit floats."

    Once you understand that, you can deal.

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  5. A lovely philosophy...we must think of the future generations, while not forgetting the present one...there are many poor and disabled adults and elders who also need the support of the government they have worked for their entire lives. We are seeing retirement funds melt away right now. and there is no adequate health care for the average American, regardless of age.

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  6. Anonymous1:50 PM

    Amen, sister. To both.

    What a lot of people don't get is if you just do what Emerson suggests, you *will* be happy.

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  7. and lest we forget the miracles of momentary joy ....
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fd-MVU4vtU

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  8. love this quote!

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  9. drdale1:39 PM

    Just revise Emerson's quote by using a conjunction.

    “The purpose of life is not to be happy, but to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

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