Under present conditions, people are preoccupied with consumer goods not because they are brainwashed but because buying is the one pleasurable activity not only permitted but actively encouraged by our rulers. The pleasure of eating an ice cream cone may be minor compared to the pleasure of meaningful, autonomous work, but the former is easily available and the latter is not. A poor family would undoubtedly rather have a decent apartment than a new TV, but since they are unlikely to get the apartment, what is to be gained by not getting the TV?
No one wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal, caught in a trap, wants to gnaw off its own leg.Frederica Matthewes-Green, member of the Board of Advisors of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, in her book Real Choices: Listening to Women, Looking for Alternatives to Abortion, 1997.
The more contracted that power is, the more easily it is destroyed. A country governed bya despot is an inverted cone.1778 Remark,14 Apr. Quoted in James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), vol.3.
Pity the planet, all joy gone from this sweet volcanic cone1967 'Waking Early Sunday Morning'.
There is no meaningful distinction between eating flesh and eating dairy or other animal products. Animals exploited in the dairy industry live longer than those used for meat, but they are treated worse during their lives, and they end up in the same slaughterhouse after which we consume their flesh anyway. There is probably more suffering in a glass of milk or an ice cream cone than there is in a steak.gary l. francione
Plato gave a healthful stimulus to the study of stereometry [solid geometry], which until his time had been entirely neglected. The sphere and the regular solids had been studied to some extent, but the prism, pyramid, cylinder, and cone were hardly known to exist. All these solids became the subjects of investigation by the Platonic school.p. 31 (The Greeks)
A symmetrical, beautiful snow cone summitSir Edmund Hillary who with Tenzing Norgay became the first people known to reach the summit of Mount Everest. As quoted in "On This Day : 29 May" at BBC
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion , butcher a hog, cone a ship, design a building, write a sonnet , balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.Robert A. Heinlein, in Quotes about Humankind, p.11
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