January 20: Change (The Future)

January 20
Change

55.
While people are engaged in creating a totally different world, they always form vivid images of the preceding world.
~Marshall McLuhan, The Book of Probes : Marshall McLuhan, designed by David Carson, edited by Marshall McLuhan project, W. Terrance Gordon, Eric McLuhan, Philip B. Meggs, p. 21.

56.
Any new technology is an evolutionary and biological mutation opening doors of perception and new spheres of action to mankind.
~Marshall McLuhan, The Book of Probes : Marshall McLuhan, designed by David Carson, edited by Marshall McLuhan project, W. Terrance Gordon, Eric McLuhan, Philip B. Meggs, p. 67.

57.
Q: Do you feel a need to be distinctive and mass-produced? Q: Are you in the groove? That is, are you moving in ever-diminishing circles? Q: How often do you change your mind, your politics, your clothes?
~Marshall McLuhan, The Book of Probes : Marshall McLuhan, designed by David Carson, edited by Marshall McLuhan project, W. Terrance Gordon, Eric McLuhan, Philip B. Meggs, pp. 121-125.

58.
When you move into a new area, a new territory and learn a new language, the language is not a new subject, it is an environment, it is total.
~Marshall McLuhan, The Book of Probes : Marshall McLuhan, designed by David Carson, edited by Marshall McLuhan project, W. Terrance Gordon, Eric McLuhan, Philip B. Meggs, p. 105.

59.
School is the advertising agency which makes you believe you need the society as it is.
~Marshall McLuhan, The Book of Probes : Marshall McLuhan, designed by David Carson, edited by Marshall McLuhan project, W. Terrance Gordon, Eric McLuhan, Philip B. Meggs, p. 147.

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January 20: “America the Beautiful’s President”

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL’S PRESIDENT

 

America the Beautiful’s President

Should know the LORD and practice poetry,

Write law, love people, use his heaven-sent

Irrevocable gifts and call to free

 

The spirits small and great, with collars blue

And white, and lead the people to the heights

By bolting wheels to visions old and new,

For with no vision people disunite.

 

The President who’s lived the quiet life,

Accustomed to the inward reverie

Aware of how the Holy Spirit moves,

 

Can face the conflicts, challenges and strife,

Will manage home and foreign policy,

And lead the nation so that it improves.

~Day Williams

January 20: “I Hear America Singing” by Walt Whitman

I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman

 

Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,

The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,

The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,

The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,

The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,

The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,

The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,

Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,

The day what belongs to the day — at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,

Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

January 20: Civil Disobedience (Law and Lawyers)

January 20
Civil Disobedience

 

55.

Dare to do things worthy of imprisonment if you mean to be of consequence.

~Juvenal. Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis, known in English as Juvenal, was a Roman poet active in the late 1st and early 2nd century a.d., who wrote the Satires.

 

  1. Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one.

~Chinese Proverb

 

57.

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.

~Albert Einstein

 

58.

But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than any human authority.”

~Acts 5:29 (NLT)

59.

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

 

January 19: Benjamin Franklin (Money Matters)

January 19
Benjamin Franklin

52.

One today is worth two tomorrows.

~Benjamin Franklin

 

53.

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

~Benjamin Franklin

 

54.          Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.

~Benjamin Franklin

 

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January 19: Robots and UFOs

January 19
Robots and UFOs

52.
I visualize a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans, and I’m rooting for the machines.
~Claude Shannon, The Mathematical Theory of Communication

53.
Let’s start with the three fundamental Rules of Robotics. We have: one, a robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Two, a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. And three, a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
~Isaac Asimov, Astounding Science Fiction, Mar. 1942

54.
The danger of the future is that men may become robots. True enough, robots do not rebel. But given man’s nature, robots cannot live and remain sane, they become “Golems.” They will destroy their world and themselves because they cannot stand any longer the boredom of a meaningless life.
~Erich Fromm, The Sane Society

 

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