Our Tendency to Self-Segregate

“Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they do not know each other; they do not know each other because they cannot communicate; they cannot communicate because they are separated.”

A. Philip Randolph

    via Big Think

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That Terrible and Universal Vice Which Is, Most Essentially, Competitive

“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others. If every one else became equally rich, or clever, or good-looking there would be nothing to be proud about. It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition has gone, pride has gone.”

C.S. Lewis

Christian Behaviour, Chapter 8

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On Progress

“We all want progress.  But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be.  And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer.  If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.”

C.S. Lewis

Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe, Chapter 5

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An Historical Event

“After spending more than seven hundred hours studying this subject and thoroughly investigating its foundation, I came to the conclusion that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is either one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted on humanity, or it is the most important fact in history.  The Resurrection takes the question ‘Is Christianity valid?’ out of the realm of philosophy and makes it a question of history.”

Josh McDowell

From the book, More Than a Carpenter

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Sources of Truth

“I would not want to look forward to a culture where science lost and religious faith became the dominating force for truth.  I would not want to live in a culture where faith lost and science, with all of its reductionism and its materialism became the sole source of truth.”

Francis Collins

Excerpted from In Their Own Words as recorded in the Big Think studio

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Religious Hubris

“You can easily recognize false teachers by the fact that they know the answers to all the questions”

Richard Wurmbrand

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Which should not come quickly or easily

“Moral indignation is in most cases 2 percent moral, 48 percent indignation, and 50 percent envy”

Vittorio De Sica

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In Any Profession

“I will not tolerate profanity, obscene language, or personal insults from my bench.  I will always insist, as long as I am manager of the club, that my boys be gentlemen.  There is room for gentlemen in any profession.”

Connie Mack
Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1950)

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Who Owns the Water?

“We tested over a thousand bottles of water, over a hundred brands that are sold in the United States, and we found that it is not necessarily any safer or better or purer than your city tap water. We found, some of them had arsenic in them, at high levels; some of them had organic chemicals in them…a variety of bacteria…So there were problems with about a third of the brands that we sampled. Some of the water we saw that had pictures of mountains on them…It was city tap water. ‘Glacier’ water came from ground water in Florida.”

Erik D. Olson
Former Senior Attorney
Natural Resources Defense Council

Speaking on the 2008 Documentary Flow: For Love of Water

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Labor for Minimum Wage

I grew up hearing over and over, to the point of tedium, that “hard work” was the secret of success:  “Work hard and you’ll get ahead” or “It’s hard work that got us where we are.”  No one ever said that you could work hard – harder even than you ever thought possible – and still find yourself sinking ever deeper into poverty and debt.

Barbara Ehrenreich
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

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