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Quotes that make no sense?

Paisley

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“A society should be judged not by how it treats its outstanding citizens but by how it treats its criminals.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

So if it treats outstanding citizens as though they are criminals that's no problem?

The way it's phrased makes it seem as if one is unimportant (or at very least, less important) while the other is important. They are both important. At that point though, it's basically just "treat everyone appropriately" which I think goes without saying. The quote is thus basically useless then when it says both are important, isn't it? Unless its purpose is to state the obvious...
The context is about how other societies are judging another society. Another way of saying it is, A society should be judged by it's laws and it's system of justice as a reflection of the moral character of that society, not by the people who are apparently law abiding. It's like judging North Korea by it's outstanding citizens who aren't in jail, but we all know that entire nation is like that because the nation is run by a dictatorship of fear and oppression.
 
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The context is about how other societies are judging another society. Another way of saying it is, A society should be judged by it's laws and it's system of justice as a reflection of the moral character of that society, not by the people who are apparently law abiding. It's like judging North Korea by it's outstanding citizens who aren't in jail, but we all know that entire nation is like that because the nation is run by a dictatorship of fear and oppression.
Yeah, I'm going to go ahead and delete that post because it basically became an entire debate on PerC. As enjoyable as the conversation is, I don't think it'd be the most productive way for me to spend my time, forming the same debate in more than one place at once.
 

Paisley

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"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."

Be grateful for what you have, or I'll take what I can get, or having something is better than not having something...soooooo, hoarding is good???? Addition doesn't work in the bush??? :LOL:. Just reminds me of Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty, "I have no bird, I have no bush, God has taken my bird and my bush."
 

Doctor Anaximander

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a lot of them because I'm autistic and stupid and have trouble not taking everything literally.
 

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a lot of them because I'm autistic and stupid and have trouble not taking everything literally.
Same, except neither of us are stupid in reality (just have too many people around making us feel such).


"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have."
Eckhart Tolle

I get mindfulness, but I think there's a lot of value in potentiality and know a lot of people (who aren't myself; my memories are kind of just memories) who get a lot of strength from sentimentality from the past
 
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