"'To do our best' means that at all times in everyday life we should probe our minds so that we don't feel guilty about our mistakes, even though others don't know about them. If we do that we are truly doing our best."
-- Dalai Lama
"The observation that good people suffer and evil people enjoy success and recognition is short-sighted. Also this conclusion might have been drawn in haste. If one analyzes carefully, one finds that troublemakers are definitely not happy. It is better to behave well, take responsibility for one's actions, and lead a positive life."
-- Dalai Lama
"Through universal altruism, you develop a feeling of responsibility for others and the wish to help them actively overcome their problems."
-- Dalai Lama
While I am no Objectivist, I really don't see a contradiction between what the Dali Lama says and Ayn Rand's condemnation of altruism.
I know Rand does, but an individual voluntarily given to another without coercion is positive. Forcing someone to give to another is not altruism. There is only a problem, in my opinion, with the latter.
"Learning to forgive is infinitely more useful than merely picking up a stone and throwing it at the object of one's anger, especially when the provocation is extreme."
Yet it seems some people spurn forgiveness, and seek to provoke. That they will continue to provoke until they can get a negative response from you. And that the more you refuse to be provoked, the madder they get.
I think these people are lost, and they want to make you lost as well, so that they are not alone. They want you to share in their misery.
I think these people should be avoided to the extent they can be avoided.
You are losing it, Intercept. Private property is private property.
Or may I hold a demonstration in your lobby next week?
If only we had some way to reach the entire world via electronic means and we could say whatever we wanted to say....!
"I'm voting for Gary Johnson for President."
"Why? He can't win."
"Not with an attitude like that he can't."
"I'd vote for Gary Johnson if only he had a chance to win."
"You know, if everyone who said that voted for him, he would have a chance."
"I really like Gary Johnson, but I don't want to waste my vote."
"So, you are going to vote for someone you don't really like so you don't waste your vote?"
"Yeah. I want my vote to count."
"Tell me again how you define 'waste?'"
"I believe in limited government, but I want to win, so I can't vote Libertarian. I vote for the GOP nominee: Trump, Christie, Rubio, whoever this year. Mitt, McCain, W, Dole, W's dad in the past."
"I think you should reexamine what you consider 'victory,' my friend."
Grocery stores in Colorado are allowed to sell beer and alcoholic beverages as long as they do not contain more than 3.2% alcohol. Hence, if you want regular strength beer or wine, or any liquor at all, you must go to a liquor store.
Liquor stores, however, may only sell alcoholic beverages and whatever the State regulatory agency deems a related product, like limes for your Corona.
There is a move afoot in Colorado to allow grocery stores to sell full strength beverages and liquor.
And, by all means, they should be able to do so. Unfortunately, this movement, as currently comprised, would not remove restrictions from existing liquor stores.
This is untenable.
Existing liquor stores should be able to sell potato chips, toothbrushes and snow tires if they want.
Both restrictions should be lifted.
I understand that the initiative process in Colorado only allows for a single subject to be voted on at a time, and this makes it more difficult to remove both restrictions in one vote.
There is nothing to prevent two complimentary initiatives being run at the same time: One removing the grocery store restriction, the other removing the liquor store restriction.
Doing one without the other is hardly an improvement.
I remember reading about a time when "progressives" would join a protest about a federal prison sentence that "shocked the conscience" of the very judge forced to hand out the sentence.
Now, "progressives" sound like "law and order" "conservatives:" "Kill them!" "Kick those terrorists out of the country!" "Love it or leave it, teabaggers!"
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."