Archive for August, 2009

Posted in Words of inspiration on August 23, 2009 by auer83

BOOK REVIEW HEROES

The events of this century should remind us that the hopes of mankind almost always prove illusory, and that we have only a limited ability to devise permanent and equitable solutions to problems which spring from human nature. Violence, shortage amid plenty, tyranny and the cruelty it breeds, the gross stupidities of the powerful, the indifference of the well-to-do, the divisions of the intelligent and well-meaning, the apathy of the wretched multitude – these things will be with us to the end of the race.

Hence civilization will always be at risk, and every age is prudent to regard the threats to it with unique seriousness. All good societies breed enemies whose combined hostility can prove fatal.

~ Paul Johnson

Worthy of its Good Fortune

Posted in Words of inspiration on August 23, 2009 by auer83

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“It is more important that we should show ourselves honest, brave, truthful, and intelligent than that we should own all the railways and grain elevators in the world. We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received and each of us must do his part if we wish to show that this nation is worthy of its good fortune.”

Theodore Roosevelt

Fools

Posted in Words of inspiration on August 23, 2009 by auer83

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Carlyle said that men were mostly fools. Christianity, with a surer and more reverent realism, says that they are all fools. This doctrine is sometimes called the doctrine of original sin. It may also be described as the doctrine of the equality of men.

But the essential point of it is merely this, that whatever primary and far-reaching moral dangers affect any man, affect all men. All men can be criminals, if tempted; all men can be heroes, if inspired. And this doctrine does away altogether with Carlyle’s pathetic belief (or any one else’s pathetic belief) in “the wise few.”

There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.


~ G.K. Chesterton

Thug’n Haffner Style

Posted in Bits of Home, The Good Life on August 22, 2009 by auer83

Mostly repeats, but still nice.

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A Good Day

Posted in Auer Family on August 22, 2009 by auer83

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Haffner Does DC: A Good Walk

Posted in Bits of Home, The Good Life on August 17, 2009 by auer83

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Haffner Does DC: Smelly Museums

Posted in Bits of Home, The Good Life on August 17, 2009 by auer83

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