February 17: Holy Bible

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.
February 17
Holy Bible

134.
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?
~Mark 8:36

135.
If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land.
~Isaiah 1:19

 

February 16: Law and Lawyers: Legal Maxims

February 16
Legal Maxims

 

131.

Male verum exammat omrus

Corruptus judex.

A corrupt judge does not carefully search for the truth.

~Horace, Satires, II, 2, 8. Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 B.C. – 8 B.C. ), known in the English-speaking world as Horace, was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus.

 

132.                 For a man’s house is his castle, et domus sua cuique tutissimum refugium.

~Third Institute [1644]

133.

Learn that sacred law which is followed by men learned (in the Veda) and assented to in their hearts by the virtuous, who are ever exempt from hatred and inordinate affection.

~Anonymous author of The Laws of Manu, traditionally ascribed to Manu (or Brahma), as translated by F. Max Müller (1886), Ch. 2, p. 29

 

February 15: Futurists

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.
February 15
Futurists

126.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
~R. Buckminster Fuller. Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895 – 1983) was an American philosopher, systems theorist, architect, and inventor, known to many of his friends and fans as “Bucky” Fuller. He created and popularized terms such as “Spaceship Earth,” ephemeralization, and synergetics. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, the most famous of which is the geodesic dome.

127.
I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those banked clouds of stars the emissaries are coming. If you will pardon so commonplace a simile, we have set off the fire alarm and have nothing to do but to wait. I do not think we will have to wait for long
~Arthur C. Clarke, “The Sentinel“ (1948), originally titled “Sentinel of Eternity,” is the short story which later provided the fundamental ideas for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) written by Clarke and Stanley Kubrick.

128.
Others, one suspects, are afraid that the crossing of space, and above all contact with intelligent but nonhuman races, may destroy the foundations of their religious faith. They may be right, but in any event their attitude is one which does not bear logical examination — for a faith which cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.
~Arthur C. Clarke, The Exploration of Space (1951)

129.
The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment. We shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships, computers — and thermonuclear weapons.
~Arthur C. Clarke, Foreword to The Collected Stories (June 2000)

130.
Perhaps it is better to be un-sane and happy, than sane and un-happy. But it is the best of all to be sane and happy. Whether our descendants can achieve that goal will be the greatest challenge of the future. Indeed, it may well decide whether we have any future.
~Arthur C. Clarke. Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (1917 – 2008) was a British author, inventor and futurist.

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February 14: Law and Lawyers: Constitution

February 14
Constitution 

 

122.

Men may believe what they cannot prove. They may not be put to the proof of their religious doctrines or beliefs. Religious experiences which are as real as life to some may be incomprehensible to others.

~Justice William O. Douglas, United States v. Ballard, 322 U.S. 78, 86 (1944)

 

123.

Your Honours will find in the old book, concerning the office of a justice of peace, precedents of general warrants to search suspected houses. But in more modern books you will find only special warrants to search such and such houses specially named, in which the complainant has before sworn he suspects his goods are concealed; and you will find it adjudged that special warrants only are legal. In the same manner I rely on it, that the writ prayed for in this petition being general is illegal. It is a power that places the liberty of every man in the hands of every petty officer.

~James Otis, Argument against the writs of assistance, Boston, Feb. 1761, quoted in John Adams, “Abstract of the Argument for and against the Writts of Assistance,” 1761, in Legal Papers of John Adams 2:134, 141-42 (L. Kinvin Wroth & Hiller B. Zobel eds. 1965)

 

124.

The very reason for the First Amendment is to make the people of this country free to think, speak, write and worship as they wish, not as the Government commands.

~Justice Hugo L. Black, International Association of Machinists v. Street, 367 U.S. 740 (1961)

 

Justice Hugo L. Black 

125.

The patent system . . . added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius.

~Abraham Lincoln, “Second Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions,” Jacksonville, Ill., 11 Feb.1859, in Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, 3:363 (Roy P. Basler ed. 1953)

February 9: Physicists

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February 9
Physicists

110.
The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
~Sir William Bragg. Sir William Henry Bragg (1862–1942) was a British physicist, chemist, mathematician and active sportsman who uniquely shared a Nobel Prize with his son William Lawrence Bragg − the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics.

111.
We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity.
~Marie Curie. Marie Skłodowska-Curie (1867–1934) was a Polish physicist and chemist, working mainly in France, who is famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. She was also the first female professor at the University of Paris (La Sorbonne), and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in Paris’ Panthéon.

February 8: “Sestina: Blood Covenants,” a poem by Day Williams

 

Sestina: Blood Covenants

To make a wife for Adam, God spilled blood
By taking Adam’s rib, and Eden’s peace
Was sweet until they broke the law of God,
Who promised through another covenant
A seed to crush the serpent’s head. By faith
They left, the cherubim a flaming sign.

Adam Eve Cranach Elder

After the Flood, the rainbow was a sign.
God said to man, “Don’t eat your meat with blood
In it and do not kill,” so man by faith
In the Lord God Almighty would have peace
With Him and blessings in this covenant
Where Noah intervened for man with God.

Noah rainbow thank offering

Years later, Abraham was tried by God
Through sacrifice of Isaac as the sign
Of faith, the center of this covenant
In which in Isaac’s place a ram shed blood
As God commanded. Abraham gained peace
And blessings, for he showed unyielding faith.

After the plagues fell, Moses by his faith
Led the Israelites from Egypt, then God
Provided Ten Commandments that give peace
When followed, with the Sabbath Day a sign.
The Levites sacrificed the bulls, whose blood
Was confirmation of this covenant,

For blood must spill before a covenant
Will work. The Israelites, of faulty faith,
Failed to follow Mosaic law, and blood
Of bulls did not atone for sins. So God
Made David’s throne eternal, and the sign
Was the sun and the moon. Man failed, and peace

And land were lost to Roman rulers’ “peace.”
Now Israel had failed each covenant,
So God in grace and mercy gave a sign:
The virgin was with child. Not works, but faith
In Him would save a man, He taught, and God
Offered eternal life through Jesus’ blood.

I have sweet peace through Jesus Christ’s shed blood,
For man has a new covenant with God,

Dove Holy Spirit

The  Holy Spirit as the sign of faith.

~Day Williams, from Virginia Street and Other Poems

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Day Williams reads his poem, “Sestina: Blood Covenants”

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A sestina (Old Occitan: cledisat [klediˈzat]; also known as sestine, sextine, sextain) is a fixed verse form consisting of six stanzas of six lines each, normally followed by a three-line envoi. The words that end each line of the first stanza are used as line endings in each of the following stanzas, rotated in a set pattern.

The invention of the form is usually attributed to 12th-century troubadour Arnaut Daniel; after spreading to continental Europe, it first appeared in English in 1579, though sestinas were rarely written in Britain until the end of the 19th century. It remains a popular poetic form, and many continue to be written by contemporary poets.

~Wikipedia

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The Holy Ghost

Gives Christians verve,

While Christ gives love;

The Father, nerve.

~Day