society

A Quote by John Makransky on love, kindness, buddhism, dzogchen, society, and media

As we grow older, we learn to pay attention to things that society considers more real and significant than the loving care of all those people. According to the social discourse around us, it seems much more important to identify those whom we should hate, fear, or compete with for affirmation, power, and wealth. Meanwhile, television news and magazines focus our communal attention each day on the horrible things that some people have done to others, as if that is all that happened throughout the entire world that day.

John Makransky

Source: Awakening Through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness, Pages: 17

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A Quote by John Makransky on love, compassion, altruism, society, fear, violence, buddhism, and dzogchen

When individuals and groups do not experience being loved -- when whole communities lose hope that anyone cares -- fear and violence are often seized upon as seeming protectors in the form of gangs, mobs, and communal hostility.

John Makransky

Source: Awakening Through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness, Pages: 9

Contributed by: BlueHwyFlaneur

A Quote by zaadzster_1 on herds, herdmanity, society, groups, conformity, groupthink, conformism, christianity, taoism, hinduism, buddhism, religion, capitalism, communism, socialism, individuality, individual, authentic, being authentic, fear, fear of t

We're all afloat in a boundless sea, and the way we cope is by massing together in groups and pretending in unison that the situation is other than it is.  We reinforce the illusion for each other.  That's what a society really is, a little band of humanity huddled together against the specter of a pitch black sea.  Everyone is treading water to keep their heads above the surface even though they have no reason to believe that the life they're preserving is better than the alternative they're avoiding.  It's just that one is known and one is not.  Fear of the unknown is what keeps everyone busily treading water.  All fear is fear of the unknown.  If someone in such a group of water-treaders betrays the group lie by speaking the truth of their situation, that person is called a heretic, and society reserves its most awful punishments for heretics.  If someone decides to stop struggling and just sink or float away, every possible effort is made to stop him, not for the benefit of the individual, but for the benefit of the group.  To deny at all costs the truth of the situation.

Jed McKenna

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A Quote by Justin Alexander Samra on truth, freedom, politics, government, motivation, life, hard work, and society

When any government, but especially the government of a Democracy or a Republic takes upon itself the responsibility of making people equal as in an identical sense - of talent, skill, ability, ambition, and social worth - than a free society cannot stand. The people must be allowed to fail or succeed based on their own merit, free of government interference and dependence. Free societies are unfortunately fragile structures by nature and can always be destroyed from within by corrupting forces when surrounded by inattentive eyes. Only when the people are self-motivated, self sufficient, independent, and ever vigilant against government power, control, and intrusion can liberty, freedom, peace, and prosperity flourish.

Justin Samra

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A Quote by George Washington on government, reason, force, politics, freedom, liberty, economics, and society

Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

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A Quote by Benjamine A. Rooge on politics, freedom, economics, society, liberty, and survival

Give me control over a man's economic actions, and hence over his means of survival, and except for a few occasional heroes, I'll promise to deliver to you men who think and write and behave as I want them to.

Benjamine Rooge

Contributed by: peter

A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on society, freedom, liberty, and individualism

No society can possibly be built on a denial of individual freedom.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on society, state, government, coercion, liberty, and freedom

I look upon an increase of the power of the State with the greatest fear, because although while apparently doing good by minimizing exploitation, it does the greatest harm to mankind by destroying individuality, which lies at the root of all progress. We know of so many cases where men have adopted trusteeship, but none where the State has really lived for the poor.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

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A Quote by F.A. Hayek on liberty, freedom, politics, coercion, and society

The argument for liberty is not an argument against organization, which is one of the most powerful tools human reason can employ, but an argument against all exclusive, privileged, monopolistic organization, against the use of coercion to prevent others from doing better.

F.A. Hayek

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on compulsion, economy, society, and politics

When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion - when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

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