Philosophy, Academey, and Plato (428.05.21 around about)

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PLATO ON CROSSCURRENTS, 5/21:  Founder of the institute of higher learning, The Academy, a writer on politics, metaphysics, and epistemology, the ancient Greek philosopher, Plato was born around about, according to some historical calculations, on this date in the year 428.  The philosophy of our show will be musicology as we celebrate Plato’s scholarship on Crosscurrents, 5/21 at 8 am.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ― Plato

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” ― Plato

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” ― Plato

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ― Plato

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” ― Plato

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”― Plato

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” ― Plato

“The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.” ― Plato, The Republic

Love is a serious mental disease.” ― Plato, Phaedrus

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” ― Plato, The Republic

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” ― Plato

“One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” ― Plato

“good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws” ― Plato

“Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.” ― Plato

“I’m trying to think, don’t confuse me with facts.” ― Plato

“If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.” ― Plato, The Republic

“There is truth in wine and children” ― Plato, Symposium / Phaedrus

“The measure of a man is what he does with power.

Those who tell the stories rule society.” ― Plato

“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. ” ― Plato

“The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings” ― Plato

“Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.” ― Plato

Courage is knowing what not to fear.” ― Plato

“Whe men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.” ― Plato

“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.” ― Plato

“You should not honor men more than truth.” ― Plato

The beginning is the most important part of the work.” ― Plato, The Republic

“The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful.”

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“Necessity is the mother of invention.” ― Plato

“A house that has a library in it has a soul.” ― Plato

“Death is not the worst that can happen to men.” ― Plato

“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.” ― Plato

Judges, Courts, and Chief Justice – Earl Warren (1891.03.19)

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A champion of the Constitution whose tenure as Chief Justice oversaw landmark decisions protecting individual rights and equality, Earl Warren was born on this date in 1891. Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! All persons having business before the honorable radio, are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for a musical-law-review birthday party for Justice Warren on Crosscurrents, 3/19 at 8 am.

Chief Justice Earl Warren on Crosscurrents, 3/19:  radio link:  http://www.krnn.org

 

 

Corn Flakes, Breakfast, and John Harvey Kellogg (1852.02.26)

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KELLOGG ON CROSSCURRENTS, 2/26:  Medical doctor and health-food innovator whose creation of dry breakfast cereals was responsible for the formation of the flaked-cereal industry, John Harvey Kellogg was born on this date in 1852.  You are invited to settle down with a bowl of your favorite flakes for a Kellogg birthday and breakfast tunes on Crosscurrents, 2/26 at 8 am.  ( radio link:  http://www.krnn.org  )

 Corn flakes were not really tasty because of its poor taste and hence, John’s brother Will tried to introduce some sugar into the mix. John did not agree and hence, Will separately started selling the cereals by adding sugar. It was Will Kellogg who actually set up the business and formed the Kellogg company.  John sued his brother and lost the case.

 As John Kellogg thought, the corn flakes did not really suppress the urge for “self-exploration” and those who still enjoy corn flakes think that the addition of sugar was really a good idea as at least corn flakes became palatable.

Politics, Commentary, and Thomas Paine (1737.01.29)

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THOMAS PAINE ON CROSSCURRENTS, 1/29:  An English American writer and political theorist whose works paved the way for the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine was born on this date in 1737.  Few people have spoken to all the ages, to all people and nations, and apparently to some dogs, and you can join the Paine birthday on Crosscurrents, 1/29 at 8 am. ( radio link:  http://www.krnn.org )

Thomas Paine as quoted:

“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”
― Thomas PaineA Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal on the Affairs of North America

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. ”
― Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

“Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”
― Thomas Paine, Rights of Man

“Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another; and it becomes my duty to guarantee as well as to possess.”
― Thomas Paine, Rights of Man

“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”
― Thomas Paine, An American Crisis

 “But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.”
― Thomas Paine, Rights of Man

Where knowledge is a duty, ignorance is a crime. ~~ Thomas Paine, Virginia Papers

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.  ~~~ Thomas Paine, Common Sense

 

Civil Rights, I Have A Dream, and Martin Luther King Jr. (1929.01.15)

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR ON CROSSCURRENTS, 01/15:  A minister and community activist who sought equality and human rights through peaceful protest, Martin Luther King Jr. was born on this date in 1929.  We hope you can join us for a celebration of Dr. King’s life through songs of civil liberties on Crosscurrent, 1/15 at 8 am.  (radio link: http://www.krnn.org)

     Quotations to inspire, give hope, and continue the struggle……
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
 “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.”
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Paul Revere (1735.01.01)

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PAUL REVERE ON CROSSURRENTS, 01/01:  A silversmith who is legendary for his efforts to warn colonialists during a fabled midnight horse ride only a portion of which is true, Paul Revere was born on this date in 1735.  You are invited (with or without a horse) to start the new year by celebrating Revere’s birthday on Crosscurrents, 01/01 at 8 am.