An Insurrection of Lies

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An Insurrection of Lies

Postby d0rkyd00d » Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:48 pm

Newest Sam Harris podcast, wanted to open this up for discussion.....listening now.

https://wakingup.libsyn.com/230-an-insurrection-of-lies
"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men." -Voltaire

"If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry, that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware of having no good reason for thinking as you do."
-Bertrand Russell
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Re: An Insurrection of Lies

Postby d0rkyd00d » Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:53 pm

"The people crashing through those doors, who had already overwhelmed cops, the people who were staring the upraised guns of the cops who were inside, smashing through the glass, those people should have been shot. Because what is the alternative? To just let the lives of our elected officials depend upon the restraint of a mob?"
"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men." -Voltaire

"If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry, that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware of having no good reason for thinking as you do."
-Bertrand Russell
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Re: An Insurrection of Lies

Postby d0rkyd00d » Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:55 pm

"There were people calling for the hanging of Mike Pence. So, you're going to rely on the restraint of people who have just risked their lives to break into the Capitol, who believe that there's a global conspiracy of child raping cannibals running the world? People who have never received anything other than a wink and a nod from the President of the United States on those very points?"
"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men." -Voltaire

"If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry, that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware of having no good reason for thinking as you do."
-Bertrand Russell
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Re: An Insurrection of Lies

Postby d0rkyd00d » Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:10 pm

"Let me clear this up....if you think that there is something about meditation, successful meditation; if you think there is something about cutting through the illusion of self, or recognizing the nature of mind, prior to concepts, if you think there's some necessary contradiction between that project and caring about the kinds of problems we're talking about now, you're confused....there is nothing incompatible between mindfulness, and not wanting to lose a cyberwar....

If you think that meditative insight should cause one not to care about the implosion of our democracy, or our ongoing failure to deal with civilizational challenges; if you think we get to not care about the world we are building, or wrecking: the world our children are condemned to live in, it's time to take your head out of your ass."
"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men." -Voltaire

"If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry, that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware of having no good reason for thinking as you do."
-Bertrand Russell
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Re: An Insurrection of Lies

Postby d0rkyd00d » Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:15 pm

"You can't let meditation turn you into a new-age goofball, who just burns incense and thinks the universe is one big mystery, and that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes, things happen for bad fucking reasons, and a whole generation or generations lose the most basic capacity for order, and for getting what they want in life, and for losing good things they didn't need to lose. Sometimes the barbarians really do come through the gates."
"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men." -Voltaire

"If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry, that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware of having no good reason for thinking as you do."
-Bertrand Russell
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Re: An Insurrection of Lies

Postby d0rkyd00d » Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:28 pm

"Here, a white woman was shot in the neck, and killed: it's completely understandable she was shot......but to interpret this as another symptom of white privilege is frankly crazy. And there is endless footage of BLM protests gone wrong, where the cops are just standing and watching and doing nothing. They are not using extreme force on crowds of looters who are disproportionately black. We all saw that footage, and asked ourselves, what the hell are the cops there for if they aren't going to stop people from burning down buildings? Yes, absurd force was directed at peaceful protestors in many places, rather than looters and arsonists: and many of those peaceful protestors were white.

Using this abomination that occurred at the Capitol as yet another opportunity to score a social justice point is frankly idiotic, and it's incredibly divisive."
"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men." -Voltaire

"If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry, that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware of having no good reason for thinking as you do."
-Bertrand Russell
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