Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Friday, 2018.06.22
When we watch athletes in competition and they outperform even their own high
standards, we often say that they reached deep down and were able to give
something extraordinary. When we are in the midst of our own confrontations, we
must be the same way. We need to reach deep within and use the utmost of our
abilities to overcome our obstacles. This is one manifestation of our continuing
efforts at self-development.

When confronted with problems, we have all the more power to respond. When we
triumph, we have even more confidence and facility to handle future problems.
Therefore, meet life head-on. Maintain your self-cultivation, move forth to
confront difficulties, and accumulate the momentum that success will give you.

		Deng Ming-Dao, "365 Tao - Daily Meditations", #119


The Tough Thing About History…

…is that it goes back further than people care to study. (H/T Hot Air)

With fewer and fewer people alive today to serve as living memory and witness, I fear the unthinkable and improbable, once forgotten and dismissed, will once again become part of the plan and probable. I can envision a scenario where, as before, fueled by an economic downturn, the sheeple scan for a convenient scapegoat. Can’t happen? Witness the ease with which a significant percentage of the population orphans the weakest of critical thinking skills and easily believes the fantastic conspiracy theories surrounding the attacks of September 11, 2001. Spectacular material evidence, swept away as easily as bread crumbs from a countertop.

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Precedents: The world’s willingness to permit one Holocaust gives cause for concern that it will stand by, if not enable, another.