Thursday, July 24, 2014

King of my castle...


"What doesn't kill us makes us stronger" Nietzsche
"...Must be the reason why I'm free in my trapped soul
Must be the reason why I'm king of my castle..."
Wamdue Project

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Vita activa...

"No human life, not even a hermit, is possible without a world which directly or indirectly testifies to the presence of other human beings...All human activities are conditioned by the fact that men live together...

To be free meant both not to be subject to the necessity of life or to the command of another and not to be in command oneself.  It meant neither to rule nor to be ruled...

...the free man distinguishes himself from the slave through courage seems to have been the theme of a poem by the Cretan poet Hybrias: "My riches are spear and sword and the beautiful shield.... But those who do not dare to bear spear and sword and the beautiful shield that protects the body fall all down unto their knees with awe and address me as Lord and great King" (quoted from [E'duard Meyer, Die Sklaverei im Altertum [1898], p. 22).

...through a rebellion not against the oppression of the state but against society's unbearable, perversion of the human "behavioral sciences,' aim to reduce man as a whole, in all his activities, to the level of a conditioned and behaving animal...."  The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt

"Vita si moriendi virtus abest, servitus est..."
"Everything had a beginning and an end, that it could not be otherwise. But shall we live to see the end?...We must fight for that...fight with all our might and not downhearted...I want very much to live and see the defeat of our executioners which is why I am doing my utmost and will continue to do everything in my power for us to survive, for us to escape their clutches! If we do not succeed, that will be too bad. A person only dies once, and though I would regret losing my life, I do not fear death."
                            Hope is the last to die - Halina Birenbaum

Sunday, July 13, 2014

"Inter homines esse..."

"Just as you supported and carried out a policy of not wanting to share the earth with ... the people of a number of other nations, as though you and your superiors had any right to determine who should and who should not inhabit the world, we find that no one, that is, no member of the human race, can be expected to share the world with you. This is the reason, and the only reason, you must hang!" Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt
"And I directed myself to myself and to myself I said: You, who are you? I responded: A human being..." Augustine

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Oh fellow men...

 "The best is the deep quiet in which I live and grow...and harvest what they cannot take from me by fire or sword..." Goethe

Friday, July 11, 2014

“Águia de Haia”...

"A injustiça, por ínfima que seja a criatura vitimada, revolta-me, transmuda-me, incendeia-me, roubando-me a tranqüilidade do coração e a estima pela vida."

"As situações que nascem do terror não tardam muito a se contagiar do terror que derramaram e acabam dissolvidas pelo terror de si mesmas."

"Roubando a liberdade aos seus semelhantes, a si mesmo se rouba o déspota da sua tranquilidade"

"Saudade da justiça imparcial, exata, precisa. Que estava ao lado da direita, da esquerda, centro ou fundos. Porque o que faz a justiça é o “ser justo”. Tão simples e tão banal. Tão puro. Saudade da justiça pura, imaculada. Aquela que não olha a quem nem o rabo de ninguém. A que não olha o bolso também. Que tanto faz quem dá mais, pode mais, fala mais. Saudade da justiça capaz. (...)

"A injustiça, senhores, desanima o trabalho, a honestidade, o bem; cresta em flor os espíritos dos moços, semeia no coração das gerações que vêm nascendo a semente da podridão, habitua os homens a não acreditar senão na estrela, na fortuna, no acaso, na loteria da sorte, promove a desonestidade, promove a venalidade [...] promove a relaxação, insufla a cortesania, a baixeza, sob todas as suas formas."

"De tanto ver triunfar as nulidades, de tanto ver prosperar a desonra, de tanto ver crescer a injustiça, de tanto ver agigantarem-se os poderes nas mãos dos maus, o homem chega a desanimar da virtude, a rir-se da honra, a ter vergonha de ser honesto."

"Nas trevas que caíram sobre o Brasil, a única luz que alumia, no fundo da nave, é o talento de Ruy Barbosa." 
D. Pedro II

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Liberty Song...

"Come, join hand in hand, brave Americans all,
And rouse your bold hearts at fair Liberty's call;
No tyrannous acts shall suppress your just claim,
Or stain with dishonor
America's name.

In Freedom we're born and in Freedom we'll live.
Our purses are ready. Steady, friends, steady;
Not as slaves, but as Freemen our money we'll give.
Our worthy forefathers, let's give them a cheer,
To climates unknown did courageously steer;
Thro' oceans to deserts for Freedom they came,
And dying, bequeath'd us their freedom and fame.
Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all,
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall;
In so righteous a cause let us hope to succeed,
For heaven approves of each generous deed.
All ages shall speak with amaze and applause,
Of the courage we'll show in support of our Laws;
To die we can bear, but to serve we disdain.
For shame is to Freedom more dreadful than pain
John Dickinson

 “United we stand, and united we will achieve victory.”
 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, U.S. Congress on August 5, 1942


"..Thus, a poor free man preferred the insecurity of a daily-changing labor market to a regular assured work, which, because it restricted his freedom to do as he pleased every day..."  The human condition, Hannah Arendt