“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed;
― Winston S. Churchill
if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may
come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
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I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well...
“If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it.” Abraham Lincoln’s “House Divided” speech.
In a story where engineers are more central than Jedi or Sith, Rogue One breaks new ground for the franchise both in its characters but also in the ethical territory it covers. Not to diminish the character arcs of Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor, but the core ethical arc of the film is one man’s decision to engineer the Death Star in such a way as to prevent its use for galactic domination. One could fairly retitle the movie to ‘Rogue One: an Engineering Ethics Story.’
Our scifipolicy.com review essay will address Rogue One as the engineering ethics case study it is. Properly understanding the ethical power of the engineers in Rogue One enriches our understanding of good and evil in the Star Wars universe and furthers our understanding of what engineering ethically truly means. Rogue One: an engineering ethics story (has spoilers)
Cli-Fi.Net -- (the world's largest online 'Cli-fi' portal for all things Cli-Fi): Your annual reminder that ''O Holy Night'' Christmas carol was a deeply political anthem about the abolition of slavery and the worth of all people. Sorta. Not originally composed as such, but took on extra layer when translated into English.''
The bogus luxury home buyer (WSJ): “The buyer had been arriving on a city bus each time, which made me suspicious.”
Liszt drank a bottle of cognac a day; ; Schubert was a drunk. A lot of great composers were fond of the bottle... Bottle
Where do I find, lost in the brightness of a sunlit day,
The happiness of an unhappy man
Fortunate only to be just one copy of himself.
Everything else stinks.~ Iceland Bathroom poets
“It is almost banal to say so yet it needs to be stressed continually: all is creation, all is change, all is flux, all is metamorphosis,” Henry Miller wrote in contemplating art and the human future. The beautiful Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi invites us to find meaning and comfort in impermanence, and yet so much of our suffering stems from our deep resistance to the ruling law of the universe — that of impermanence and constant change. How, then, are we to accept the one orbit we each have along the cycle of life and inhabit it with wholeheartedness rather than despair?