whyisaduck

Musings on technology, philosophy, consciousness, the future, the present, and the past.

Month: June, 2016

Bernie Sanders

Whatever your impression of Bernie is, whether you support him or not…

Fighting until the end of the primary, even though you’ve lost, is admirable.

It’s something you never see in politics — integrity.

Integrity is defined as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.”

What Bernie is doing is exactly that.

He said he was going to fight for this until the bitter end, come hell or high water, and he did it.

It is that marathon runner, long since the top runners finished and the crowds cleared, crossing that finish line, knowing he or she did EVERYTHING they possibly could to run, and finish that race.

This is dignity, ladies and gentlemen. This is the very definition of “statesman,” a word you wouldn’t use on any of the remaining candidates. At least not in this sense.

Certainly not the former rivals of Trump, who later endorsed him for some lump sum of cash or cabinet. Their faces were ashen with shame as they mournfully offered their support of the man they once vilified.

We missed our chance with a man who had integrity and dignity in every sense of the word.

Years later, after this election, people will still talk about Bernie, the same way we speak of Eugene Debs, Henry Wallace and Robert Kennedy.

Men who, despite their faults and despite being up against a seemingly insurmountable enemy — fought for what was right no matter what.

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Time for Uncle “Taverner’s” reading list for young persons

 

Each of these books affected me in a way that still shows up in my thought patterns, my concerns and my little empathies.

All of them deal with the human condition in some way or another.

My hope is that all people, not just young, enjoy these as did I.

 

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 72 by Hunter S Thompson
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
The Kingdom of God is Within You (seriously) by Leo Tolstoy
Backlash by Susan Faludi
Stiffed by Susan Faludi
Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemmingway
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

and so it goes…