Former US leader, Barack Obama, quotes nelson Mandela in a series of tweets as a response to the Saturday attacks in Charlottesville,…… “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, they can be taught to love. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela.
President Trump’s first comments came Saturday from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, – “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”
Kant believed that reason dictates a categorical imperative for moral action.
“Act so that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in that of another, always as an end and never as a means only.”
Socrates infuriates Polus with the argument that it is better to suffer an injustice than commit one (Gorgias 475a-d). Polus agrees that it is more shameful to commit an injustice, but maintains it is not worse. The worst thing, in his view, is to suffer injustice. Socrates argues that, if something is more shameful, it surpasses in either badness or pain or both. Since committing an injustice is not more painful than suffering one, committing an injustice cannot surpass in pain or both pain and badness. Committing an injustice surpasses suffering an injustice in badness; differently stated, committing an injustice is worse than suffering one. Therefore, given the choice between the two, we should choose to suffer rather than commit an injustice.
This argument must be understood in terms of the Socratic emphasis on the care of the soul. Committing an injustice corrupts one’s soul, and therefore committing injustice is the worst thing a person can do to himself (cf. Crito 47d-48a, Republic I 353d-354a).
Smiling at me,
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see.
Singing a song.
Nothing but bluebirds
All day long.
Never saw the sun shining so bright.
Never saw things going so right.
Noticing the days hurrying by,
When you’re in love, my how they fly……
All of them gone,
Nothing but Blue Skies from now on.
June is a tricky month of memories for me. Father’s Day, my father’s birthday, and my parent’s wedding anniversary( June 21) all clustered together. My father, Paul Kanski, passed away in 1992, at the age of 76. He and mom loved to dance – they grew up in the age of the great dance bands, when jitterbug was king & foxtrot ruled the floorboards of the dance halls. Blue Skies was one of his favourite tunes. Sometimes, late at night I could hear mom singing it to him in their bedroom. Even now in my 60s I miss them – Time is a con artist, handing you gifts with one hand, while picking your pocket with the other.
over me, music –
blue skies above carry clouds
dancing – silent steps.
I’m going to sit right down and write myself a letter –
and make believe it came from You,…………
Aides and volunteers on Donald Trump’s presidential transition were instructed Thursday to save any records related to “several pending investigations into potential attempts by Russia interests to influence the 2016 election,” according to a memo obtained by POLITICO.
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
“emails, voicemails, text messages, instant messages, social media posts, Word or WordPerfect documents, spreadsheets, databases, telephone logs, audio recordings, videos, photographs or images, information contained on desktops, laptops, tablet computers, smartphones or other portable devices, calendar records and diary data.”
“failure to follow these protocols could result in criminal or civil penalties, and could form the basis of legal claims, legal presumptions, or jury instructions relating to spoliation of evidence.”
I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter
And make believe it came from you
I’m gonna write words, oh, so sweet
They’re gonna knock me off my feet
Kisses on the bottom
I’ll be glad I’ve got ’em……………