Noah Stepro

Noah Stepro

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“All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.”

― Noam Chomsky

“Macbeth’s self-justifications were feeble – and his conscience devoured him. Yes, even Iago was a little lamb, too. The imagination and spiritual strength of Shakespeare’s evildoers stopped short at a dozen corpses. Because they had no ideology. Ideology – that is what gives evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others’ eyes…. That was how the agents of the Inquisition fortified their wills: by invoking Christianity; the conquerors of foreign lands, by extolling the grandeur of their Motherland; the colonizers, by civilization; the Nazis, by race; and the Jacobins (early and late), by equality, brotherhood, and the happiness of future generations…. Without evildoers there would have been no Archipelago.”

—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Christianity has achieved apparent success by ignoring the precepts of its Founder.

-H. Richard Neibuhr

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.

– Aldous Huxley

Much of our isolation is self-chosen . . . This self-reliance has many attractions. It gives us a sense of power, it allows us to move quickly, it offers us the satisfaction of being our own boss, and it praises many rewards and prizes. However, the underside of this self-reliance is loneliness, isolation and a constant fear of not making it in life.

Henri J.M. Nouwen, Here and Now

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”
― Banksy

“Overconfidence and complacency are among our deadliest enemies”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt: State of the Union Message to Congress, 1944

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

Marcus Garvey

– spanky

“Don’t look at me in that tone of voice”

Benedick: … and now tell me, how doth your cousin?

Beatrice: Very ill.
Benedick: And how do you?
Beatrice: Very ill too.
Benedick: Serve God, love me and mend.
“Much Ado About Nothing” Act V, Scene II
William Shakespeare

Serve God and mend