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Post by Ray DeGraw » 08 Mar 2017, 15:59

In stayingLDS, I think it's powerful to constantly recognize the good in our religion. This is where common ground exists and makes us capable of testifying about it. - SilentDawning (StayLDS)
I see through my glass, darkly - as I play my saxophone in harmony with the other instruments in God's orchestra. (h/t Elder Joseph Wirthlin)

Even if people view many things differently, the core Gospel principles (LOVE; belief in the unseen but hoped; self-reflective change; symbolic cleansing; striving to recognize the will of the divine; never giving up) are universal.

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." H. L. Mencken

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Re: Useful quote of the day...

Post by Gerald » 12 Apr 2017, 03:32

I came across this quote from Andrei Zvyagintsev, a Russian film director, who was discussing one of his films that had Hobbesian themes.
When a man feels the tight grip of anxiety in the face of need and uncertainty, when he gets overwhelmed with hazy images of the future, scared for his loved ones, and fearful of death on the prowl, what can he do except give up his freedom and free will, and hand these treasures over willingly to a trustworthy person in exchange for deceptive guarantees of security, social protection, or even of an illusory community?
I think this explains the motivations of many individuals within religious or political communities (particularly in this time of upheaval). The only word some might take issue with is "deceptive." If you pull that word out, some might find the quote a bit more palatable.
So through the dusk of dead, blank-legended And unremunerative years we search to get where life begins, and still we groan because we do not find the living spark where no spark ever was; and thus we die, still searching, like poor old astronomers who totter off to bed and go to sleep, to dream of untriangulated stars.
---Edwin Arlington Robinson---

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Re: Useful quote of the day...

Post by LookingHard » 12 Apr 2017, 08:07

Gerald wrote:
12 Apr 2017, 03:32
I came across this quote from Andrei Zvyagintsev, a Russian film director, who was discussing one of his films that had Hobbesian themes.
When a man feels the tight grip of anxiety in the face of need and uncertainty, when he gets overwhelmed with hazy images of the future, scared for his loved ones, and fearful of death on the prowl, what can he do except give up his freedom and free will, and hand these treasures over willingly to a trustworthy person in exchange for deceptive guarantees of security, social protection, or even of an illusory community?
I think this explains the motivations of many individuals within religious or political communities (particularly in this time of upheaval). The only word some might take issue with is "deceptive." If you pull that word out, some might find the quote a bit more palatable.
Very thought provoking.

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Re: Useful quote of the day...

Post by Ray DeGraw » 14 Apr 2017, 13:06

Let it hurt.

Let it bleed.

Let it heal.

Let it go.
I see through my glass, darkly - as I play my saxophone in harmony with the other instruments in God's orchestra. (h/t Elder Joseph Wirthlin)

Even if people view many things differently, the core Gospel principles (LOVE; belief in the unseen but hoped; self-reflective change; symbolic cleansing; striving to recognize the will of the divine; never giving up) are universal.

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." H. L. Mencken

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Re: Useful quote of the day...

Post by Ray DeGraw » 15 Apr 2017, 08:34

Truth, like gold, is not to be obtained by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. - Leo Tolstoy
I see through my glass, darkly - as I play my saxophone in harmony with the other instruments in God's orchestra. (h/t Elder Joseph Wirthlin)

Even if people view many things differently, the core Gospel principles (LOVE; belief in the unseen but hoped; self-reflective change; symbolic cleansing; striving to recognize the will of the divine; never giving up) are universal.

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." H. L. Mencken

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Re: Useful quote of the day...

Post by Ray DeGraw » 15 Apr 2017, 12:01

Kites fly highest against the wind - not with it. - Winston Churchill
I see through my glass, darkly - as I play my saxophone in harmony with the other instruments in God's orchestra. (h/t Elder Joseph Wirthlin)

Even if people view many things differently, the core Gospel principles (LOVE; belief in the unseen but hoped; self-reflective change; symbolic cleansing; striving to recognize the will of the divine; never giving up) are universal.

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." H. L. Mencken

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Re: Useful quote of the day...

Post by Heber13 » 18 Apr 2017, 08:29

Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.
- Dale Carnegie
Luke: "Why didn't you tell me? You told me Vader betrayed and murdered my father."
Obi-Wan: "Your father... was seduced by the dark side of the Force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. So what I told you was true... from a certain point of view."
Luke: "A certain point of view?"
Obi-Wan: "Luke, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to...depend greatly on our point of view."

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Re: Useful quote of the day...

Post by Ray DeGraw » 29 Apr 2017, 15:53

I wonder how much of what weighs me down is not mine to carry. - Anonymous
I see through my glass, darkly - as I play my saxophone in harmony with the other instruments in God's orchestra. (h/t Elder Joseph Wirthlin)

Even if people view many things differently, the core Gospel principles (LOVE; belief in the unseen but hoped; self-reflective change; symbolic cleansing; striving to recognize the will of the divine; never giving up) are universal.

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." H. L. Mencken

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Re: Useful quote of the day...

Post by Heber13 » 03 May 2017, 13:07

Truth, like gold, is not to be obtained by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
- Leo Tolstoy
Luke: "Why didn't you tell me? You told me Vader betrayed and murdered my father."
Obi-Wan: "Your father... was seduced by the dark side of the Force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. So what I told you was true... from a certain point of view."
Luke: "A certain point of view?"
Obi-Wan: "Luke, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to...depend greatly on our point of view."

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Re: Useful quote of the day...

Post by LookingHard » 10 May 2017, 19:10

Hmmm
The most boring and unproductive question one can ask of any religion is whether or not it is true.
― Alain de Botton, Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion

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