COLLECTED QUOTES

The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play.

Theodore Sturgeon

(from the Star Trek episode, Shore Leave)

 

Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.

Marsha Norman

 

Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.

Alan M. Webber

 

The past is the key to the present.

Charles Lyell

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #73

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

If someone working for you made a costly mistake and you realized that your instructions should have been clearer, would you be more likely to describe the incident to your superior in a way that protected your subordinate or yourself?

I would be more more likely to describe the incident in a way that protected my subordinate.

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #72

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

When you vote, are you swayed more by a candidate’s position on issues or by a candidate’s character and personality?

I’m swayed more by a candidate’s position on issues.

Do you feel you get a true impression of either during an election campaign?

If the candidate is a Republican or Democrat, or a member of any other political party–no.

If the candidate is neither a Republican nor Democrat, nor a member of any other political party–yes.

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #71

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

If people in underdeveloped countries were starving because of crop failures and we had no extra grain to send them, would you favor letting them starve or giving them the grain eaten by the livestock we raise?  (Note that some eighteen pounds of grain are consumed for every pound of beef produced.)

Tough question!

I certainly wouldn’t favor letting them starve.

So I’d favor giving them the grain eaten by the livestock we raise–and hope for the best!

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #70

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

If you had two choices–paying for a poor, unwed teenager’s abortion, or paying fifty times more to support and educate her child–which would you do?

I would pay fifty times more to support and educate her child.

What if, as a nation, we faced that same choice for one million babies a year?

We would be ethically obligated to pay fifty times more to support and educate those children.

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #69

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

How would it affect your opinion of your best friend if you discovered that he or she had made an airline reservation for the heavily overbooked Christmas holidays not in order to fly somewhere, but in order to get a free ticket by volunteering to be bumped from the flight?

I’d be impressed! 

He or she would be getting a free ticket to fly somewhere–at a later date.

In doing this, would my best friend be stealing from an airline, or simply taking advantage of it?

It doesn’t matter.

An airline is a corporation. 

And all corporations (with the possible exception of nonprofit corporations) steal from, or at least take advantage of, individuals. 

Furthermore, a corporation is a thing, not a person.

And it is not wrong to steal from, or take advantage of, a thing that steals from, or takes advantage of, people.

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #68

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

If you could get away with it, would you apply for life insurance without revealing a fatal pre-existing illness such as AIDS?

I have no wife or children, and most likely never will.

So I have no need of life insurance.

But if I did, I would apply for life insurance without revealing a fatal pre-existing illness.

The reason is that life insurance is the only insurance that provides coverage for the inevitable.

Not everyone loses his home, not everyone loses his car, not everyone even loses his health before he dies.

But everyone loses his life.

So if I needed life insurance, it would make no difference whether I had a fatal pre-existing illness or not.  I would still die.  And it would be my obligation as a husband and/or father to provide for my family’s needs, in the inevitable event of my death.

AN UNPOPULAR FACT

THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ZIONISM AND NAZISM; THEY ARE EQUAL IN  BOTH IDEOLOGY AND AGENDA.

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #67

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

If you got people to buy shares in a new business you were starting and the business failed despite your best efforts, would you feel you should pay back the money they invested?

I wouldn’t get people to buy shares in a new business I were starting–I’d go it alone, or not at all.

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #66

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

Do you believe that wealth in our society is fairly apportioned according to what people contribute?

Of course not.

If not, what is the most glaring inequity you know?

That between true public servants and the politicians under which they serve.

What do teachers, police officers, firefighters, and even soldiers all have in common?

They serve under politicians.

This country once had true leaders, but no longer.

Now it just has politicians.

And these goddamned politicians get paid so much more money than the true public servants, it’s disgraceful!

Teachers earn much, but are paid almost nothing.

Police officers earn much, but are paid almost nothing.

Firefighters earn much, but are paid almost nothing.

Soldiers earn much, but are paid almost nothing.

And the politicians under which teachers, police officers, firefighters, and soldiers serve?

These goddamned politicians earn almost nothing, but are paid much!

And teachers, police officers, firefighters, and soldiers are not the only true public servants who contribute much, but are paid almost nothing–there are many more.

I respect leaders, but I despise politicians.

Leaders serve others as well as themselves; politicians serve only themselves.

I remember a T-shirt I saw in an army surplus store once, which read, VIETNAM: GOOD SOLDIERS, GUTLESS POLITICIANS.

And that sums it up better than anything else I can think of.


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