Beware the irrational, however seductive.
Shun the 'transcendent' and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself.
Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others.
Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish.
Picture all experts as if they were mammals.
Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity.
Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence.
Suspect your own motives, and all excuses.
Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.
Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011

The sign at the Illinois State Capitol building reads:
"At the time of the winter solstice, let reason prevail.
There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell.
There is only our natural world.
Religion is just myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."
Some idiot found it offensive. :)
And what about us?
Us, offended by idiots - that retarded majority with the right to vote.

It goes like this. Let's see now: ``Protect me from knowing what I don't need to know.
Protect me from even knowing that there are things to know that I don't know.
Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about. Amen.''
That's it. It's what you pray silently inside yourself anyway, so you may as well have it out in the open.'
`There's another prayer that goes with it that's very important,' continued the old man, `so you'd better jot this down, too.'
`It goes, ``Lord, lord, lord...'' It's best to put that bit in, just in case. You can never be too sure
``Lord, lord, lord. Protect me from the consequences of the above prayer. Amen...''
And that's it. Most of the trouble people get into in life comes from missing out that last part.'
In honour and memory of late Douglas Adams 1952-2001
from Mostly Harmless - Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

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