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Render unto Caesar all that is his

 
Spiritual Freedom
11/07/2004 09:06 AM
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Render unto Caesar all that is his
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"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both
emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind...And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded with patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader, and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."

--- William Shakespeare
Silent Grace
12/08/2005 10:17 AM
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Good one Spiritual Freedom!flower
Spiritual Freedom
12/08/2005 10:17 AM
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HELLO Silent Grace. We havenīt talked in so long. Hope you are well and adjusting to four more years of uncertainty.luv
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:17 AM
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History repeats itself over and over and over again
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:17 AM
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I would say we have already pretty much rendered
our rights and money to our little Caesar.
Silent Grace
12/08/2005 10:17 AM
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Re: Hope you are well and adjusting to four more years of uncertainty.


*** I am well, thanks. I hope you are also. As for four more years, well, we can only do the best that we can, right? My grandfather always said there is one thing you can always count on and that is......change.
Pal
12/08/2005 10:17 AM
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Yes, humanity continues this lesson again and again, itīs all cyclical I guess



Later in the conversation, Gilbert recorded Goeringīs observations that the common people can always be manipulated into supporting and fighting wars by their political leaders:

We got around to the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war and destruction.
"Why, of course, the people donīt want war," Goering shrugged. "Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people donīt want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship."

"There is one difference," I pointed out. "In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars."

"Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
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12/08/2005 10:17 AM
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Not cyclical, but like stairs. Each level resembles the previous, but a step up is taken. Humanity will reach its īperpetualī top, as we will one day.
Spiritual Freedom
12/08/2005 10:17 AM
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As George Harrison so aptly stated.

"But it takes so long my Lord."





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