Over-estimating humans

I wonder about humans, especially their need for war, unconscionable politics, twisted business, and egotistical religion.  I wonder what is to be done and whether the world’s downward plunge can be reversed.  Then I encounter some human-generated wisdom, as follows :

“If we take man as he really is, we make him worse. But if we overestimate him

… we promote him to what he really can be.”

The words are Viktor Frankl’s, a Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist.  The sentiment earlier came from Goethe, poet and playwright.

Watch Frankl in this short video from 1972.

And another gem from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it,

and others do just the same with their time.

Wisdom for all living beings.

Beware of relentless wariness

My first thought upon reading this afternoon’s news alert from the NY Times that security cameras may have captured the Boston Marathon bomber’s image was, “Good, we’ll get the bastard(s).”

My next thought was more chilling and one that will be lasting: the coming ubiquity of security cameras.   As things have gone government-wise for the past more than half a century, we should expect a big push to install government (or “privatized”) security cameras covering every inch of every street 24/7, at least in major cities.  They already have this in England, and I wouldn’t be surprised if police don’t start also wanting it in smaller-town America.

This calls to mind Ben Franklin’s adage (paraphrased here)  that those who are willing to give up liberty in favor of security deserve neither.  Yet that has been the modus operandi of America’s security industry (which drinks from our government’s tap) since World War II.  So, I offer a corollary to Mr. Franklin’s great piece of wisdom:  Beware of relentless wariness, lest we imprison ourselves and lose our America.

And who was it that said, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”?  Oh, yeah, our own four-time president, Franklin D. Roosevelt (and probably Sir Francis Bacon 400 years earlier)

Developing new site:w-w

Hello, my vast continent of followers.  (I’m considering calling you “Hamhocks,” a la His Royal Rushness’s use of “Dittoheads.”)

This post is to announce that my political satire self will now reside on/in wurst-wisdom.com with the political posts being excised, deleted, removed, etc. from skfigler.com, while my fiction will remain, stay, reside at skfigler.com.

Why?  Because some of my fiction fans won’t be happy with my political sensibilities (or nonsensibilities), while I’d like lefties, righties, centrists, Tea Partyers, and Progressives to enjoy my stories and characters without being burdened by my politics.

Onward, outward, and upward.

 

Yours truly,

SK and Rrrandy