Friday, May 30, 2008

Quotes of the Day

No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.

~P.J. O'Rourke


I love to go to Washington, if only to be near my money.

~Bob Hope

8 Comments:

At 5/30/2008 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 5/30/2008 1:13 PM, Blogger Walt G. said...

Would that be 4 separate tests, or one big one that included all 4 categories equally? Either way, a grade of 75% or more would be difficult!

 
At 5/30/2008 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.

...and then?

 
At 5/30/2008 6:33 PM, Anonymous The Masked Millionaire said...

Bob Hope was the best.

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At 5/30/2008 7:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must concur, Masked Millionaire,

Easy to see which one is the better humorist. You have to like people to be a really good comedian.

 
At 5/31/2008 4:22 AM, Anonymous E. Harokopos said...

"...we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power"

Greed is often one of the main driving forces behind innovation and progress.

Greed is not necessarily bad.

Can we modify the test to detect bad greed from good greed?

 
At 6/01/2008 8:39 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> Greed is often one of the main driving forces behind innovation and progress.
> Greed is not necessarily bad.
> Can we modify the test to detect bad greed from good greed?

I concur. I've noticed this about most of the "Seven Deadly Sins"... They are only bad or deadly in significant quantity. In small doses, they often have good affects --

Pride can be one of the reasons why a person does not commit crimes -- too proud to drag their name, family, or friends through the dirt.

Envy, like greed can be a good thing, as it can spur people to work harder to obtain more. As long as it remains under control, it can be an impetus to strive harder.

In quantity, they are certainly bad, but where would we all be if no one ever got Angry at an injustice? Where would we be if we never felt any Lust for our Significant Others? And how many time-saving inventions would exist if no one ever felt Lazy?

 
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