"The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it."

George Orwell

You know, I was with the leaders of the opposition movement in Leipzig on the afternoon of November 9, 1989. And they said that perhaps within a year there would be free passage back and forth across the Berlin Wall. In a few hours, the Berlin Wall didn't exist. What happens is, in all these movements, this was true in Prague as well, is that the foot soldiers of the elite, the blue uniformed police, the mechanisms of control, finally don't want to impede the movement. And at that point, the power elite is left defenceless.

Chris Hedges
October 15, 2011
New York City, NY

"I want to be very clear in calling upon the [...] authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protesters. The people [...] have rights that are universal. That includes the right to peaceful assembly and association, the right to free speech, and the ability to determine their own destiny. These are human rights. And the United States will stand up for them everywhere."

"You might be able to lift the limitations of conforming to any centralised representational form of government, originally invented because there was no way for everybody's voice to be heard.

You might be able to give everybody unhindered, untested access to knowledge, because a computer would do the day to day work for which we once qualified the select few, in an educational system originally designed for a world where only the few could be taught.

You might end the regimentation of people living and working in vast, unmanageable cities, uniting them instead in an electronic community where the Himalayas and Manhattan are only split seconds apart

You might, with that and much more, break the mold that has held us back since the beginning.

In a future world that we would describe as balanced anarchy and they will describe as an open society, tolerant of every view; aware that there is no single, privileged way of doing things; above all, able to do away with the greatest tragedy of our era: The centuries old waste of human talent that we couldn't or wouldn't use.

Utopia? Why?

If, as I've said all along, the universe is, at any time, what you say it is, then say ... ".

James Burke
Part 10: Changing Knowledge, Changing Reality
The Day the Universe Changed

We know how the world ends and it has nothing to do with Earth, except that it gets wiped out too.

Really? How does it end?

While we're experimenting with new fuels, a Tralfamadorian test pilot panics, presses the wrong button, and the whole universe disappears.

But you have to stop him. If you know this, can't you keep the pilot from pressing ...

He has always pressed it, and he always will.
We have always let him, and we always will let him.
The moment is structured that way.

SchlachtHof Fuenf
The Film

We are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is.

Mark Vonnegut, 2004

As a single leaf turns not yellow but with the silent knowledge of the whole tree,
So the wrong-doer cannot do wrong without the hidden will of you all

The Prophet (Khalil Gibran)

The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
the falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all convictions, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

"If fascism ever comes to America, it will come draped in the American flag"

Huey Long