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  • robert-blau@webtv.net
    Economist and political philosopher Friedrich Hayek says: A spontaneous order is a system which has developed not through the central direction or patronage
    Message 1 of 28 , Nov 1, 2008
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      Economist and political philosopher Friedrich Hayek says: "A spontaneous
      order is a system which has developed not through the central direction
      or patronage of one or a few individuals but through the unintended
      consequences of the decisions of myriad individuals each pursuing their
      own interests through voluntary exchange, cooperation, and trial and
      error. This process of spontaneous evolution is not restricted to
      explaining the growth of the economic order but can also account for the
      development of language, money, culture, law, social conventions and
      even morals and ethics. Although the spontaneous order develops through
      individuals pursuing their own interest, the individuals still behave by
      following commonly held rules rather than by acting in a random fashion,
      and these rules are themselves the product of evolution."

      I just wanted you to know.
    • robert-blau@webtv.net
      From a profile of economist Vilfredo Pareto In a famous 1900 Rivista article, Pareto suddenly changed
      Message 2 of 28 , Feb 22, 2009
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        From a profile of economist Vilfredo Pareto
        <http://cepa.newschool.edu/het/profiles/pareto.htm>

        "In a famous 1900 Rivista article, Pareto suddenly changed direction. 
        Heretofore a radical democrat, Pareto now decided to declare himself an
        anti-democrat.  The disturbances of the 1890s in Italy and France led
        Pareto to realize that, far from restoring true democracy, meritocracy
        and promoting social welfare, the radical movements were really just
        seeking to replace one élite with another élite, the privileges and
        structures of power remaining intact.  The struggle was not for a good
        society, but a squabble among élites over whom exactly was to going to
        govern.  And the ideals and theories they claimed to fight for? 
        Just propaganda, Pareto declared, the way upwardly-mobile folks incite
        the helpless, hopeless mob to take to the streets on their behalf. 
        For Pareto, humanitarianism, liberalism, socialism, communism, fascism,
        whatever, were all the same in the end. All ideologies were just
        smokescreens foisted by "leaders" who really only aspired to enjoy the
        privileges and powers of the governing élite.  

        Pareto decided to have none of it -- and went on a crusade to expose the
        sham of political ideology and doctrine.  He condemned socialists of
        all stripes roundly in a 1902 book, but took particular aim at logically
        demolishing the "new gospel" of Marxian economics.   As revealed in
        the Cours and in his own introduction to an abridged 1893 edition of
        Karl Marx's Capital, Pareto applauded Marxian theories of class struggle
        and even thought historical materialism was on the right track (albeit
        not deep and general enough, in his view).  But he deplored Marx's
        Wizard-of-Oz-like conclusion.  For Pareto, class struggle is eternal;
        the promised "classless" society that would emerge under communism was
        merely ideological fodder for socialist leaders to lay on their flock .
        . . "
      • robert-blau@webtv.net
        [The Enlightenment influence upon Founders & Framers] We have duties, for the discharge of which we are accountable to our Creator and benefactor, which no
        Message 3 of 28 , Jul 11, 2009
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          [The Enlightenment influence upon Founders & Framers]

          "We have duties, for the discharge of which we are accountable to our
          Creator and benefactor, which no human power can cancel. What those
          duties are, is determinable by right reason, which may be, and is
          called, a well informed conscience."
          -- Theophilus Parsons, the Essex Result, 1778
        • robert-blau@webtv.net
          A skeptical crowd of these Pathans with their guns slung over their shoulders gathered to watch the little figure in his loincloth get up before them. Are you
          Message 4 of 28 , Feb 18, 2010
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            A skeptical crowd of these Pathans with their guns slung over their
            shoulders gathered to watch the little figure in his loincloth get up
            before them. "Are you afraid?" he asked them gently. "Why else would you
            be carrying guns?" They just stared at him, stunned. No one had ever
            dared to speak to them like this before. "I have no fear, " Gandhi went
            on; "that is why I am unarmed. This is what ahimsa means." Abdul Ghaffar
            Khan threw away his gun, and the Pathans, following his leadership,
            became some of the most courageous followers of Gandhi's way of love.
            (Gandhi, `Gandhi the Man´)
          • Allison Loukanis
            Gandhi was lucky. Allison ... From: robert-blau@webtv.net Subject: [allthingshistory] Thought for the day To:
            Message 5 of 28 , Feb 18, 2010
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              Gandhi was lucky. Allison

              --- On Thu, 2/18/10, robert-blau@... <robert-blau@...> wrote:

              From: robert-blau@... <robert-blau@...>
              Subject: [allthingshistory] Thought for the day
              To: allthingshistory@yahoogroups.com
              Date: Thursday, February 18, 2010, 11:03 PM

               
              A skeptical crowd of these Pathans with their guns slung over their
              shoulders gathered to watch the little figure in his loincloth get up
              before them. "Are you afraid?" he asked them gently. "Why else would you
              be carrying guns?" They just stared at him, stunned. No one had ever
              dared to speak to them like this before. "I have no fear, " Gandhi went
              on; "that is why I am unarmed. This is what ahimsa means." Abdul Ghaffar
              Khan threw away his gun, and the Pathans, following his leadership,
              became some of the most courageous followers of Gandhi's way of love.
              (Gandhi, `Gandhi the Man´)

            • robert-blau@webtv.net
              [history1900s.about.com] History Quote of the Week What kind of man would live where there is no daring? I don t believe in taking foolish chances but nothing
              Message 6 of 28 , Feb 18, 2011
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                [history1900s.about.com]

                History Quote of the Week
                "What kind of man would live where there is no daring? I don't believe
                in taking foolish chances but nothing can be accomplished without taking
                any chance at all." -- Charles Lindbergh, aviator
              • Lin Kerns
                Would you rather be safe than sorry? - Aha, rock group ... -- Got Penguins? Penguin News Today The Science of
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                  "Would you rather be safe than sorry?" - Aha, rock group

                  On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 11:30 AM, <robert-blau@webtv.net> wrote:
                   

                  [history1900s.about.com]

                  History Quote of the Week
                  "What kind of man would live where there is no daring? I don't believe
                  in taking foolish chances but nothing can be accomplished without taking
                  any chance at all." -- Charles Lindbergh, aviator




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                • Robert Blau
                  Veda has been cognized by different Rishis. Rishi means the awareness of the seer. The awareness of the seer is able to see the holistic value of a sound and
                  Message 8 of 28 , Aug 19, 2011
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                    "Veda has been cognized by different Rishis. Rishi means the awareness
                    of the seer. The awareness of the seer is able to see the holistic value
                    of a sound and then see what is within the holistic value and then what
                    is within that holistic value.

                    There are eight layers of vision. They are called the eight aspects of
                    Natural Law which are responsible for differentiation in the field of
                    the unified state.

                    Now how does the seer, who sees, see? There is dynamism in the process
                    of seeing. One is non-dynamic seeing, just witnessing quietly. When the
                    quiet witnessing value is divided into these eight and eight and eight,
                    this is called the seer. Now look to the finer and finer cognition of
                    the whole process. The finer and finer cognition of the whole process
                    reveals to the seer that dynamic process which constructs the process of
                    seeing. The seeing process is different from the seer, even though it's
                    an aspect of the seer. This is cognition of the Veda.

                    Cognition of the Veda means actually seeing -- seeing the slices of the
                    seeing process. The seeing process has been named Devata. That is really
                    the dynamic aspect of the process of seeing. There is one silent aspect
                    of seeing, which is witnessing. The witnessing value belongs to Purusha,
                    in Sanskrit, and the seeing value belongs to Prakriti. Prakriti has two
                    values in it."
                  • Robert Blau
                    Happiness is not something you postpone for the future;   It is something you design for the present.
                    Message 9 of 28 , Sep 28, 2011
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                      "Happiness is not something you postpone for the future;
                       
                      It is something you design for the present."

                      :)
                    • Allison Loukanis
                      Hi Robert ...this is a nice quote. And very true. We are supposed to forgive the past, live for the present and not worry (too much) about the future. Allison
                      Message 10 of 28 , Sep 29, 2011
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                        Hi Robert ...this is a nice quote. And very true. We are supposed to forgive the past, live for the present and not worry (too much) about the future. Allison

                        From: Robert Blau <robert-blau@...>
                        To: allthingshistory@yahoogroups.com; wackygenretv@yahoogroups.com; poetry-l@yahoogroups.com
                        Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 11:59 PM
                        Subject: [allthingshistory] Thought for the day

                         
                        "Happiness is not something you postpone for the future;
                         
                        It is something you design for the present."

                        :)



                      • Robert Blau
                        The past is history The present is an illusion And the future is a . . . mystery ...         Posted by: Allison Loukanis allison.m.loukanis@att.net
                        Message 11 of 28 , Sep 30, 2011
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                          The past is history
                          The present is an illusion
                          And the future is a . . . mystery

                          :)

                                  Posted by: "Allison Loukanis"
                          allison.m.loukanis@... allison.m.loukanis@...   Date: Thu Sep
                          29, 2011 9:00 am ((PDT))

                          Hi Robert ...this is a nice quote. And very true. We are supposed to
                          forgive the past, live for the present and not worry (too much) about
                          the future. Allison
                          ________________________________
                          From: Robert Blau <robert-blau@...>
                          To: allthingshistory@yahoogroups.com; wackygenretv@yahoogroups.com;
                          poetry-l@yahoogroups.com
                          Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 11:59 PM
                          Subject: [allthingshistory] Thought for the day
                            Â 

                          "Happiness is not something you postpone for the future;

                          It is something you design for the present."

                          :)
                        • Allison Loukanis
                          Well now ....that is enigmatic...lol. Allison ________________________________ From: Robert Blau To: allthingshistory@yahoogroups.com
                          Message 12 of 28 , Oct 1, 2011
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                            Well now ....that is enigmatic...lol. Allison

                            From: Robert Blau <robert-blau@...>
                            To: allthingshistory@yahoogroups.com
                            Cc: kennethdarwinn7@...
                            Sent: Friday, September 30, 2011 9:45 PM
                            Subject: [allthingshistory] Re: Thought for the day

                             
                            The past is history
                            The present is an illusion
                            And the future is a . . . mystery

                            :)

                                    Posted by: "Allison Loukanis"
                            allison.m.loukanis@... allison.m.loukanis@...   Date: Thu Sep
                            29, 2011 9:00 am ((PDT))

                            Hi Robert ...this is a nice quote. And very true. We are supposed to
                            forgive the past, live for the present and not worry (too much) about
                            the future. Allison
                            ________________________________
                            From: Robert Blau <robert-blau@...>
                            To: allthingshistory@yahoogroups.com; wackygenretv@yahoogroups.com;
                            poetry-l@yahoogroups.com
                            Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 11:59 PM
                            Subject: [allthingshistory] Thought for the day
                              Â 

                            "Happiness is not something you postpone for the future;

                            It is something you design for the present."

                            :)



                          • Robert Blau
                            http://historylessons.net/quote-of-the-week-34
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                              http://historylessons.net/quote-of-the-week-34
                            • Kim Noyes
                              As presumptuous a presumption as New World Creations make.... ... -- Check out http://groups.yahoo.com/group/californiadisasters/ Read my blog at
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                                As presumptuous a presumption as New World Creations make....

                                On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM, Robert Blau <robert-blau@...> wrote:



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                              • Allison Maricelli-Loukanis
                                Well I don t think it is all that presumptuous if by that you mean the prediction that we may not be here in 6 billion years... or were you agreeing? I can t
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                                  Well I don't think it is all that presumptuous if by that you mean the prediction that we may not be here in 6 billion years... or were you agreeing? I can't tell...Allison

                                  From: Kim Noyes <kimnoyes@...>
                                  To: allthingshistory@yahoogroups.com
                                  Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 10:20 PM
                                  Subject: Re: [allthingshistory] Thought for the day

                                   
                                  As presumptuous a presumption as New World Creations make....

                                  On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM, Robert Blau <robert-blau@...> wrote:
                                   
                                  http://historylessons.net/quote-of-the-week-34




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                                • Robert Blau
                                  Famous Quote Said On December 16 A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus. Herbert Hoover, 1935 RB, Hmm...
                                  Message 16 of 28 , Dec 16, 2012
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                                    Famous Quote Said On December 16

                                    A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus.

                                    Herbert Hoover, 1935

                                    RB, Hmm...
                                  • Robert Blau
                                    Famous Quote Said On June 18 Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories: those that don t work, those that break down and
                                    Message 17 of 28 , Jun 18, 2013
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                                      Famous Quote Said On June 18 
                                      Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories: those that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost. 
                                      Russell Baker1968
                                    • Robert Blau
                                      People have to make up for their spiritual impoverishment by accumulating material things. When spiritual blessings come, material things seem unimportant. But
                                      Message 18 of 28 , Jun 29, 2013
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                                        People have to make up for their spiritual impoverishment by accumulating material things. When spiritual blessings come, material things seem unimportant. But spiritual blessings do not come until we desire them and relinquish desire for material things. As long as we desire material things this is all we receive, and we remain spiritually impoverished.
                                        (Peace Pilgrim, `Peace Pilgrim')
                                      • Lin Kerns
                                        This is a lesson that has taken me half a lifetime to learn... but I finally got it. And it s very, very true. Lin ... -- V ei8
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                                          This is a lesson that has taken me half a lifetime to learn... but I finally got it. And it's very, very true.


                                          Lin


                                          On Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 3:33 PM, Robert Blau <robert-blau@...> wrote:
                                           

                                          People have to make up for their spiritual impoverishment by accumulating material things. When spiritual blessings come, material things seem unimportant. But spiritual blessings do not come until we desire them and relinquish desire for material things. As long as we desire material things this is all we receive, and we remain spiritually impoverished.
                                          (Peace Pilgrim, `Peace Pilgrim')




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                                        • Allison Maricelli-Loukanis
                                          This is really true. But giving up material things is difficult and the whole thing is a catch 22. And we have to have enough material things so as not to be a
                                          Message 20 of 28 , Jun 29, 2013
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                                            This is really true. But giving up material things is difficult and the whole thing is a catch 22. And we have to have enough material things so as not to be a burden on others. So I say we should just not worry about it. Allison


                                            From: Robert Blau <robert-blau@...>
                                            To: his <allthingshistory@yahoogroups.com>
                                            Cc: ando <piantanida31@...>; Martin <martinbaxter7@...>; dave <daves.spot@...>
                                            Sent: Saturday, June 29, 2013 3:33 PM
                                            Subject: [allthingshistory] Thought for the day

                                             
                                            People have to make up for their spiritual impoverishment by accumulating material things. When spiritual blessings come, material things seem unimportant. But spiritual blessings do not come until we desire them and relinquish desire for material things. As long as we desire material things this is all we receive, and we remain spiritually impoverished.
                                            (Peace Pilgrim, `Peace Pilgrim')


                                          • Kim Noyes
                                            Put your money where your mouth is and give me some of your extra stuff, esp. cash! :-p ... -- Check out http://groups.yahoo.com/group/californiadisasters/
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                                              Put your money where your mouth is and give me some of your extra stuff, esp. cash! :-p


                                              On Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 1:33 PM, Robert Blau <robert-blau@...> wrote:
                                               

                                              People have to make up for their spiritual impoverishment by accumulating material things. When spiritual blessings come, material things seem unimportant. But spiritual blessings do not come until we desire them and relinquish desire for material things. As long as we desire material things this is all we receive, and we remain spiritually impoverished.
                                              (Peace Pilgrim, `Peace Pilgrim')




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                                            • Allison Maricelli-Loukanis
                                              Well I would but I don t have any extra...lol. How about some good wishes? Smile... Allison ________________________________ From: Kim Noyes
                                              Message 22 of 28 , Jun 30, 2013
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                                                Well I would but I don't have any extra...lol. How about some good wishes? Smile... Allison


                                                From: Kim Noyes <kimnoyes@...>
                                                To: AllThingsHistory <allthingshistory@yahoogroups.com>
                                                Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2013 1:30 AM
                                                Subject: Re: [allthingshistory] Thought for the day

                                                 
                                                Put your money where your mouth is and give me some of your extra stuff, esp. cash! :-p


                                                On Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 1:33 PM, Robert Blau <robert-blau@...> wrote:
                                                 
                                                People have to make up for their spiritual impoverishment by accumulating material things. When spiritual blessings come, material things seem unimportant. But spiritual blessings do not come until we desire them and relinquish desire for material things. As long as we desire material things this is all we receive, and we remain spiritually impoverished.
                                                (Peace Pilgrim, `Peace Pilgrim')



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                                              • Robert Blau
                                                The real issue is ATTACHMENT, and physically giving up all material things may not be suitable for all people, or for a particular person at a particular time.
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                                                  The real issue is ATTACHMENT, and physically giving up all material things may not be suitable for all people, or for a particular person at a particular time. As Allison pointed out, the best thing to do is not to worry about it (while still being aware of the issue.)        :)

                                                  > Posted by: "Kim Noyes" kimnoyes@... kimusinteruptus
                                                  > Date: Sat Jun 29, 2013 11:30 pm ((PDT))

                                                  > Put your money where your mouth is and give me some of your extra stuff,
                                                  > esp. cash! :-p


                                                  > On Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 1:33 PM, Robert Blau <robert-blau@...> wrote:

                                                  > > **
                                                  > >
                                                  > >
                                                  > > People have to make up for their spiritual impoverishment by
                                                  > > accumulating material things. When spiritual blessings come, material
                                                  > > things seem unimportant. But spiritual blessings do not come until we
                                                  > > desire them and relinquish desire for material things. As long as we desire
                                                  > > material things this is all we receive, and we remain spiritually
                                                  > > impoverished.
                                                  > > (Peace Pilgrim, `Peace Pilgrim')
                                                  > >
                                                  > > 
                                                  > >



                                                  > -- 
                                                • Robert Blau
                                                  ôIf a rabbit defined intelligence the way man does, then the most intelligent animal would be a rabbit, followed by the animal most willing to obey the
                                                  Message 24 of 28 , Jul 29, 2013
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                                                    “If a rabbit defined intelligence the way man does, then the most intelligent animal would be a rabbit, followed by the animal most willing to obey the commands of a rabbit.”  -Robert Brault 


                                                  • Robert Blau
                                                    Famous Quote Said On November 21 If you aren t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret. Jim Carrey, 2004 And
                                                    Message 25 of 28 , Nov 21, 2013
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                                                      Famous Quote Said On November 21 
                                                      If you aren't in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret. 
                                                      Jim Carrey2004


                                                      And don't forget . . .


                                                      “The past is history. The future is a mystery. The present is a gift.”
                                                    • Robert Blau
                                                      Famous Quote Said On November 26 When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself. Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1978
                                                      Message 26 of 28 , Nov 26, 2013
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                                                        Famous Quote Said On November 26 
                                                        When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself. 
                                                        Isaac Bashevis Singer1978
                                                      • Robert Blau
                                                        Famous Quote Said On December 21 To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven. Ralph Waldo Em
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                                                          Famous Quote Said On December 21 
                                                          To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven. 
                                                          Ralph Waldo Em
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