"To act without clear understanding,
to form habits without investigation,
to follow a path all one's life
without knowing where it really leads --
such is the behavior of the multitude."
[Mengzi Meng-tse] (c.371 - c.288 B.C.) Chinese Confucian philosopher
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Sad, but true of the human condition...
 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
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    Only a person that dares think for him/herself would even recognize this simple observation.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I agree as it applies to the masses living the unexamined life...but in a twist it also in a positive way applies to the life of an artist.
     -- EGL, LA     
    Ah, following after the multitude: truth determined by majority vote.
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
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    My mind's eye flashed with thoughts of Mel Gibson's belief that the holocaust is a hoax. His ignorance may be because he acts "without clear understanding...". There are other atrocities in history, some greater, some lesser, than the Jewish holocaust.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    the quote gets 5 stars but joe's statement gets a zero. If the useless newswhores would look in depth at what gibson may have meant instead of using it as propaganda for their purposes the sheeple might actually learn something. But alas, that's not the newswhores' job. And the 'holocaust?' Real or not it has been turned into an unassailable moneymaking dogma by certain groups, mostly secular marxist organizations, that use it to further and protect their progress toward destroying what's left of the the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. You need to re-read the quote a few more times. Joe.
     -- jimbob, Taylor County, Kentucky CSA     
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     -- Anonymous      
    Welcome to Amerika, where the socialist's propaganda bites reign supreme.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Can't now source it, but ..."Everyone's queer save me and thee and sometimes I think even thou art a little queer."
    OR -- "The pot calling the kettle black."
    OR -- how long since you've checked YOUR mirror ?
     -- Bob, Charlotte, VT     
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    to Bob, Charlotte, VT
    your source is Robert Owen, founder of Utopian Socialism

    I also think EGL, LA has an interesting observation ...

    five stars for several reasons some obvious, some not so.
     -- z, la, ca     
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    You guys are crazy - talk about "understanding" you really need to do some homework as to the cause of Americas demise. It sure has nothing to do with the secular or socialist movements. Just look who owns the press, the corporations, and the banks, and who is really in control. I see this great land is now going to imprison those who criticize the use of vaccinations... America needs a total replacement of all political parties with a socialist government... Fascism is is becoming the American way and no one seems to care as long as their little bubble is not being effected... The Multitude has yet to understand.........
     -- Robert, St. Emilion, France     
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     -- Ronw13, ID      
    If I understand this correctly this Chinese fellow is describing the existing practices of the majority of individuals on this planet. Agreed.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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