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Old 05.12.2009, 17:56   #1
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Thursday, December 3, 2009
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COMPASSION
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Yesterday, when I said something to the effect that the majority of philosophers, beginning with Socrates, met a violent end, a gentle reader took it upon himself to point out that I had nothing to worry about. I am, of course, fully aware of the fact that Armenians do not as a rule condemn their writers to death. They only betray them to the authorities, even when the authorities happen to be bloodthirsty barbarians like Talaat and Stalin. After all, it is not for nothing that we are universally respected as the first nation that converted to Christianity, a religion based on compassion, which is a word we don't have in Armenian, and if we do, we never use it. My own dictionary translates it as "koot," which means pity rather than compassion, which means suffering with.
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Propaganda allows bloodthirsty barbarians to say their aim is to advance the cause of civilization. As for their victims, propaganda allows them the luxury of bragging about their moral superiority.
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If individual freedom is God's gift to us, as theologians are eager to explain, why is He more protective of the barbarian's freedom and less of the victim's? Is it conceivable that the Almighty is an unequal opportunity defender in Whose eyes the barbarian's freedom is of greater concern than the freedom of the defenseless victim?
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Mao said, “Let one hundred flowers bloom, let one hundred schools of thought contend.”
Napoleon said, “A man with an idea is my enemy.”
Mao spoke like Mao but acted like Napoleon.
That's politics for you. You tell them what they want to hear and do what you have to do even when what you have to do stands in direct contradiction to what you tell them.
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Propaganda is a win-win proposition, or a lottery in which everyone wins the first prize.
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Friday, December 4, 2009
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THIS AND THAT
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Repetition is the most powerful tool of persuasion. Commercials, slogans, prayers, sermons, and speeches rely on repeating a handful of predictable lines and ideas.
If thinkers have been unpopular with their contemporaries it may be because they refused to repeat what everyone wanted to hear.
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There are those who believe patriotism consists in emphasizing the positive and covering up the negative. If a doctor were to behave like a patriot, the mortality of his patients would escalate dramatically.
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The man who has stolen a billion dollars will plead not guilty, hire a dream team of lawyers, and cut a deal with the prosecution.
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What could be more cowardly than insulting someone anonymously and from a safe distance?
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One of the worst mistakes I have made in my life is treating some of my fellow men as if they were human.
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Saturday, December 5, 2009
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WANTED: WORDS
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We don't have a word for compassion, and if we do, we never use it – at least I have never heard anyone use it, which may suggest we think of it as an irrelevant abstraction devoid of all cash value.
Life has taught us to think in terms of you are either with us or against us and if you are against us you might as well be a Turk in disguise. By life, I mean of course our former masters – be they Soviet, Ottoman, or any other Asiatic barbarian you care to mention.
Deviate a fraction of an inch from the line established from above and you are toast. I can tell that by the kind of insults hurled in my direction by gentle readers who operate on the assumption that as men of God and capital (make it, Capital and god) our bosses, bishops, and benefactors must know better than a lowly scribbler who can't even make ends meet.
If we don't have words for honesty, compassion, and compromise, let's borrow them. Nothing wrong in borrowing. Most of our words are borrowed from other languages to begin with. But if we have words for them, let's resurrect them by all means, and even more important, let's use and practice them. A nation of dishonest, uncompromising men devoid of all compassion is a nation on its way to the devil – if not already there.
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Ara jan there is a nice Armenian word for compassion

KAREKTSANK and it is widely used by Armenians I know.
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Old 12.12.2009, 18:01   #3
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Ara jan there is a nice Armenian word for compassion

KAREKTSANK and it is widely used by Armenians I know.
never heard it.
and it's not in my dictionary.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
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SHUT UP AND TALK!
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“Those who know don't talk;
those who talk don't know.”
I don't know and if I talk
it's only against those who know even less.
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According to Garcia Marquez
everyone has three lives:
“a public life, a private life, and a secret life.”
The same applies to nations.
But in our case even our public life is secret.
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One good thing about my choice of occupation is that
the alternative is working for money
and I can't imagine anything more repellent.
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To be politically correct, they call it Islamophobia,
but I don't think that's what it is --
if we judge Islam by its history and number of victims
as opposed to the propaganda of its imams.
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Everyone speaks of solutions,
no one even mentions implementation
and, in our case, that's where the devil resides.
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Thursday, December 10, 2009
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REFLECTIONS
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An intelligent man does not overestimate his IQ.
Only idiots do that.
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Forgive my careless choice of words.
Far better men than myself
have chosen their words far more carefully
without any results.
Ignorance, stupidity, and prejudice
are not open to diplomatic suggestions,
polite circumlocutions, and courteous petitions.
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Not all nationalist historians are patriots
in the same way that not all garbage collectors love garbage.
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As a physician deals with disease
a reasonable man deals with unreason –
with one difference:
the unreasonable will insult you.
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In America, when they say god,
they mean Gold;
and when fanatics in the Middle East say God,
they mean the Devil.
“Allawa akhbar” in Arabic means
“The Devil is great!”
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It makes little sense to support one side against the other
when both sides belong to the dustbin of history.
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When the old fight,
it is the young who die.
When the rich fight,
it is the poor who die.
If it were up to the old and the rich
to do the dying,
we would have no more wars.
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Friday, December 11, 2009
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USES AND ABUSES OF PATRIOTISM
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Patriotism does not mean loyalty to the leadership, especially a leadership that has not been democratically elected and is therefore self-appointed and non-representative, as our leadership has been throughout our millennial existence. Loyalty to such a leadership is not patriotism but subservience to despotism.
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The mightier the country the more arrogant its citizens. This rule has one exception: Armenia.
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The lower the self-esteem, the higher the need to emphasize the positive.
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To justify his hatred for his fellow countrymen, an Armenian will identify them as Turks in disguise. I will never forget the elder statesman who once said to me: “We have men within our organizations who are Turkish agents. They speak Armenian fluently, they know our history and all there is to know about us, but don't make them fool you: they are Turks as surely as two plus two makes four.”
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What is the difference between an Armenian who uses his tongue like a yataghan and an executioner? The executioner thinks of himself as a law-and-order man. The Armenian believes his superior brand of patriotism allows him to engage in verbal massacre – the real thing being against the law...
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Freedom and patriotism are weasel words: they can be defined in a number of contradictory ways. Freedom could also mean the freedom to deceive, exploit, and enslave. And what could be more absurd than to say my patriotism is good but my enemy’s patriotism is bad?
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Saturday, December 12, 2009
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HAVE A NICE DAY!
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No matter how much you know, you will never know enough. Only a self-satisfied ignoramus will think otherwise.
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We may use the same words but we don't mean the same thing. To the poor the word “bread” in “Give us this day our daily bread,” means bread; to the rich it means enough money to buy several bakeries.
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The rich know how to manipulate and exploit; and the poor know how to pretend to be grateful to blood****ing buggers.
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Their divide-and-rule tactics have been so successful that we remain divided even after they have ceased to rule.
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They tell me I write as I do because I am failure. What a nightmare it must be to them to think that some day I may achieve success.
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More often than not a majority is nothing but a conspiracy of idiots.
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I no longer read our pundits or listen to our speechifiers because I ascribe all our misfortunes to their empty verbiage.
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A true story: In search of his roots, an Armenian-American returned from the Homeland a thoroughly disappointed man because they didn't serve his favorite brand of cereal for breakfast.
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MEMO TO A YOUNG WRITER
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When brainwashed idiots enjoy reading you, you can be sure of one thing: You are in deep sh*t.
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sure no problem Ara.
now your dictionary has one more word
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Sunday, December 13, 2009
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THE “S” WORD
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All this nonsense about needing solutions is a lot of b.s.
Everyone knows that men of God and capital (make it Capital and god) know better. If they didn't, they wouldn't be where they are. Solutions doesn't even make it as the last item on their wish list. What they want and what they get from their brown-nosers and dupes is gratitude and subservience.
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If a liar believes in his own lies, he will also assume he is a lover of truth.
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In all of us ignorance exceeds knowledge, and most of what we know is based either on hearsay or is an extension of a belief system, that is to say, propaganda.
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Whenever they can't blame it on the Turks and the West, they blame it on the opposition. They sure know how to cover their ass.
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You cannot reason with the brainwashed. You can only try to deprogram them, which can be as difficult as changing a wolf to a lamb, and in our case, vice versa.
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Benefactors like to parade as supporters of literature, but since their favorite reading matter is financial statements, they delegate the job to their brown-nosers. Which may explain the unbearable stench of mediocrity emanating from our contemporary literature.
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Monday, December 14, 2009
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O CANADA
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During a recent visit to an Armenian community center in Toronto, the Minister of Immigration delivered a speech in which he reminded his audience that the Canadian government had recognized the reality of the Armenian genocide, but that it also expected all Armenian-Canadians to be nice to Turks because Canada is a multicultural country, which means everyone must live in friendship and peace with everyone else. The audience responded with blank expressions. And I thought:
How can we be nice to Turks if we cannot even be nice to our fellow Armenians?
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In a recent issue of the NEW YORKER, Newt Gingrich was identified as “the Republican Party's putative sage.” Gingrich, it will be remembered, once named Kemal Atatürk as his role model. I have every reason to suspect that if he runs for president in 2012 and promises to recognize the Armenian genocide, Armenians will vote for him not because they believe in his promise but because they care much more about lower taxes than Genocide recognition. Never underestimate the cunning of greedy fools.
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As a child whenever I did something wrong I was punished. And now that I am old I am silenced by the old and insulted by the young for exposing misconduct. Perhaps one reason I understand my fellow countrymen so well is that I am, very much like them, a perennial loser, with one noteworthy difference: I see no reason why I should fool myself and others into thinking otherwise. It is easy for a fool to fool himself, but more difficult to fool those who may well be smarter than he.
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Today's quote in my morning paper is by Adlai Stevenson and it reads: “My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.”
I am safe today, it is true. It is also true that I owe my safety not to my fellow Armenians but to my country of adoption.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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NOTES / COMMENTS
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Moral superiority, especially the self-anointed kind, is such a cheap commodity that even the penniless can afford it. Even primitive Brazilian jungle tribes have myths whose sole aim is to assert their moral superiority. May I confess that I am so tired of being a morally superior loser that my secret ambition now is to be a morally inferior winner.
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Only the brain-dead think they know and understand all they need to know and understand. Self-satisfaction is a tomb.
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The brain-dead cannot think. They can only say “yes, sir!” to the unthinking.
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Every civilized and progressive nation has a set of laws whose sole aim is to protect the people from their leaders. Since we never had such laws, most abuses of power in our institutions and bureaucracies have gone unexposed, and when exposed, unpunished. I tremble to think what will happen on the day the average patriotic Armenian discovers this fact.
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You cannot argue with somebody who thinks you are nobody.
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There are many forms of cowardice, surely one of the worst must be fear of free speech.
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Every Armenian is infatuated with the aroma of his own b.s.
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