If you trust them,
you deserve them.
There are two kinds:
those who deal in facts
and those who deal in fiction;
and of the two,
those who deal in fiction
are the most widely read and taught in schools.
WHAT WE SHARE
As children we have all been brainwashed,
but as adults to remain brainwashed
is a decision we make freely and on our own.
If you speak the truth to fools and liars,
they will all you a criminal
guilty of a capital offense.
Two familiar cases from the past:
Socrates and Jesus.
And if you say things like that donít happen any more,
I will have no choice but to remind you
that persecution and injustice have been
and continue to be
routine occurrences in history.
To be an Armenian among Turks during World War I;
a Jew in Europe during World War II;
a dissident in the USSR;
a Sunni among Shias and vice versa;
a Hindu among Muslims and vice versa
after Partition in India;
a Black man in America;
and last but far from least,
to be Armenian among Armenians.
I rest my case.
Nothing further Your Honor!
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER
Fools and dupes (but I repeat myself)
outnumber those who can think for themselves
a thousand to one.
It is they (fools and dupes) who make wars possible,
revolutions a necessity,
and collateral damage
(meaning the death of countless innocent civilians)
an inevitable fact of life
like tsunamis, volcanoes, and earthquakes.
If I speak about dupes and fools
with some degree of authority
itís because I have been one most of my life
and to some degree I continue to be one
because I think I can reason with them
and convince them being subservient to authority
and believing in their lies
is an aberration, a crime against humanity,
and an insult to God;
and when I speak of God I donít mean
the God of priests, imams, and rabbis,
but as a point of reference,
an abstraction like infinity and eternity,
and an unknown and unknowable entity or power
that has endowed us with a brain
with which to think for ourselves
as opposed to parroting the propaganda line
of a sultan, king, emperor, and commissar Ė
compulsive and habitual liars all
and as such the source of all evil.
You want solutions to our problems?
Begin by believing nothing you are told,
including what you just read.
Prejudice: infatuation with oneís own ignorance.
Wisdom: awareness of oneís own limitations.
Patriotism: collective narcissism.
Barbarism: a room without a single book in it.