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Monday, December 10, 2007

News with Voltaire

Voltaire (François Marie Arouet, 1694-1778) was a French philosopher credited with influencing many of the founding fathers of our country. The picture above is more or less there for two reasons; one it just looks effing cool and two it nicely sums up the philosophy of the man whose writings I've come to admire. I prefer this image to the frumpy bewiggified 16th century thing he actually did have going on. I wanted to incorporate some quotes of his and relate them to some current events to illustrate both lie and truth in the best way possible. So queue up some Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and kick back at my first segment of News with Voltaire.

"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."

"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible."

"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: “O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.” And God granted it."

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."

In closing this segment I would like to leave you with some good old fashioned patriotism in the form of a song performed by a great American. Try to keep your eyes dry everyone....