The context of this quote is atheists attributing all existence and creation to the laws of science. The below quote is a response to this worldview.
The laws of nature produce no events, they state the pattern to which every event have only and can be induced to happen must conform. Just as the rules of arithmetic state the pattern to which all transactions with money must conform, if only you can get a hold of any money. Thus in one sense the laws of nature cover the whole field of space and time. In another what they leave out is precisely the whole real universe. The incessant torrent of actual events, which makes up true history, that must come from somewhere else; To think that laws can produce it is like thinking that you can create real money by simply doing sums, for every law says in the last resort, if you have A, then you will get B. But first catch your A. The laws will not do it for you.
- CS Lewis, Miracles.
Earl wrote: "The Bank never goes broke. If the Bank runs out of money, the Banker may issue as much as needed by writing on any ordinary paper." Offical Monopoly® Game Rules
I suspect we could go through the Rules of Monopoly and come up with pages of (what is now) inadvertent satire and irony. Note also the premise of the game: you can only win by making everyone else lose.
Obviously we can say that about any game, but that's just the POINT. These bankers are literally "playing" with our lives in what is literally nothing more than a game to them. And they don't have even the tiniest pangs of remorse that the only way in which they can "win" their (hidden/undeclared/illegal) game is through all of us losing.
Regarding democracy, one has to be careful what one means by democracy, there is a tendency nowadays particularly in the english speaking world to assume that democracy is the natural and normal condition of humanity, that any departure from it is either a disease to be cured or a crime to be punished, I don't share that view. - Bernard Lewis
samix wrote: Regarding democracy, one has to be careful what one means by democracy, there is a tendency nowadays particularly in the english speaking world to assume that democracy is the natural and normal condition of humanity, that any departure from it is either a disease to be cured or a crime to be punished, I don't share that view. - Bernard Lewis
Ah Samix! Now we venture into the realm of semantics. What is a Notable Quote? And what is merely a thoughtful opinion?
In this case, I think this one fails the test as "notable quote" -- not because there isn't enough thought/intellect behind the words -- but because it may not be apparent to many readers why this is a "notable" thought at all.
Indeed, because this speaker has the audacity to CHALLENGE (even slightly) the Sacred Cow of "democracy"; I would expect that most readers would just skim right past these observations. Which is a shame -- since I firmly agree with these words/thoughts myself.
Democracy is another IDEOLOGY which has never/could never exist in "pure" form anywhere in the world, because true/pure/complete democracy is totally impractical as a system of government -- even in simple societies.
In large, complex societies; the manifestations of our bastardized "representative democracies" move steadily/relentlessly from the dubious to the absurd. We choose the people to manage our (incredibly complex) governments/societies based on who gives the best speeches and/or lies the best?
Yeah, undoubtedly that will produce wonderful governments: actors, professional wrestlers, and of course the Lawyers, Bankers, and 'Businessmen' (since we can't leave the Criminals out).
Once upon a time our political systems (and elections) had at least a little to do with things like "qualifications" and "platforms" -- rather than who wins the mud-slinging contests (as judged by the media, since they do practically nothing else).
But I'll save my thoughts on how to improve on things for another time...
samix wrote: Reform is for people who have government connections,revolution is for the people! - Malcolm X.
PS: I hope this qualifies.(lol)
YES Samix! "Message received" with that one.
However, let me add my own qualification here; so that new visitors to the site don't get the idea we're a collection of Revolutionaries (lol):
Reform is for people who have not yet given up on the political process (i.e. "negotiation" versus "confrontation"), revolution is for when the people see clearly that "Plan A" is no longer a viable option.
At this point, our political institutions are at least theoretically functional; and thus "reform" is still Plan A...
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