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Friday, September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016: Heavy thoughts and things

September 30 in history (from Wikipedia)

1938 – The League of Nations unanimously outlaws "intentional bombings of civilian populations".

Good thing the League folded. We don't like to think of the U.S. President as war criminals..

Birthday Quotes

"It seemed as impossible to conceive of Auschwitz with God as to conceive of Auschwitz without God. Therefore, everything had to be reassessed because everything had changed. With one stroke, mankind's achievements seemed to have been erased. Was Auschwitz a consequence or an aberration of "civilization"? All we know is that Auschwitz called that civilization into question as it called into question everything that had preceded Auschwitz. Scientific abstraction, social and economic contention, nationalism, xenophobia, religious fanaticism, racism, mass hysteria. All found their ultimate expression in Auschwitz."

"None of us is in a position to eliminate war, but it is our obligation to denounce it and expose it in all its hideousness. War leaves no victors, only victims."

"No human being is illegal."

- Elie Wiesel  (30 September 1928 – 2 July 2016)

"The brain may take advice, but not the heart, and love, having no geography, knows no boundaries: weight and sink it deep, no matter, it will rise and find the surface: and why not? any love is natural and beautiful that lies within a person's nature; only hypocrites would hold a man responsible for what he loves, emotional illiterates and those of righteous envy, who, in their agitated concern, mistake so frequently the arrow pointing to heaven for the one that leads to hell."

- Truman Capote (30 September 1924 – 25 August 1984)


Happy Birthday Trey Anastasio!


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