In keeping with the belief that great wisdom can often be found in the simplest of phrases Rational Nation USA will began posting weekly quotes that hopefully will stimulate thought within it's readership.
Wisdom can be found throughout the ages, from antiquity to the Enlightenment and The Age of Reason, to the present day. The ability to use reason and logic, those characteristics which differentiate humans from all other animal forms, is what makes civil society possible.
Even with our ability to use reason and logic the human race remain mired in what seems perpetual conflict and violence. The only species on earth capable of logic and reasoning seems incapable of using it for their own rational self interest.
While Rational Nation USA is not so delusional to believe the posting of a few thoughts by great minds of the past and present will have great impact, it is however done so in the hope that perhaps a small number may be positively impacted and thereby the world is made a more understanding ,and thereby rational reality.
As a true independent and rational conservative, the owner of the name Rational Nation USA is dumbfounded by the lack of reason displayed by both parties that supposedly represent We The People. Equally as befuddling is the fact that we can not seem to find rational and reasonable solutions to our COMMON problems.
Rational Nation USA wishes to thank the conservative and libertarian readers of my independent conservative blog for their interest during 2009. A special thanks goes out to those readers of the left who "suffered" both the conservative and independent thoughts on my humble blog.
It is in this spirit RN USA begin's "Memorable Quotes From the 18th Century To the Present." While this will be the primary time frame of focus, others periods will not be completely overlooked.
Memorable quotes week of 12/21/09.
“Ethics is a code of values which guide our choices and actions and determine the purpose and course of our lives.” — Ayn Rand, 20th-century Russian/American novelist and philosopher
“Without civic morality communities perish; without personal morality their survival has no value.” — Bertrand Russell, 20th-century British mathematician and philosopher
"A moral being is one who is capable of comparing his past and future actions or motives, and of approving or disapproving of them." — Charles Darwin
“Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.” — Gen. Omar N. Bradley, 20th-century American military figure
“The best way to teach morality is to make it a habit with children.'' — Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher
"But if you ask what is the good of education in general, the answer is easy: that education makes good men, and that good men act nobly." — Plato, ancient Greek philosopher
"You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth." — Kahlil Gilbran
Wisdom can truly be found everywhere, and from a multitude of minds. Thought is the engine of reason, let us begin to us it.
Quote of the week:
"Don't worry that children never listen to you. Worry that they are always watching you." — Robert Fulghum, 20th-century American author