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07/11/04
Socrates' (Plato's) Position
On A Man's Virtue

"For I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons and your properties, but first and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue come money and every other good of man, public as well as private."

The Apology
Socrates in defence
Written by Plato



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07/13/04
Blind Voting

I have a good friend who historically has voted Democrat. She made an exception in 2000 by voting for Bush. She often referred to Al Gore as Now, in 2004, she says, "I made that mistake then but I won't now!" Sound all too familiar? Truth be known, her father is a former union official, so if he ever knew what she did in 2000, he'd probably disown her. She knows it, too, and that's probably the most powerful reason why she "won't make that mistake this time!"

When I ask her what is it that makes her think Kerry is the man for the job, she shrugs her shoulders. All she knows is that he's the man and she's "not going to make the same mistake this time."

Something else somewhat revealing about all this that she shared with me. She said, "I voted for the man last time, but not this time." Hummm...

This is what I would term "Blind Voting." It's like putting one slug in a 9-slug revolver, spinning the magazine, cocking the hammer while putting it to your head and pulling the trigger. If you're lucky, Kerry will try to make a positive difference, but if the gun fires....

I've been aggitated for days about her attitude. However, it was today that it all came into focus for me. In fact, it hit me quite out of the blue! I could respect her decision if it were an intelligent one. But, when all ones does is vote blind by voting by party and not based on the person, I have no respect for that. I can certainly respect a man or woman when they hold up their head, declaring their allegiance to the Left, but to pretend that one is a patriotic American and to vote for someone like Kerry is unthinkable.

07/12/04
Comment on The Apology
by Plato (sidebar left column)

I have long been a fan of Plato (?427 to ?347 B.C.), and so we share the same philosophy where it involves the virtue of man versus the most base trait, which is self preservation and an ill-placed high regard for one’s self. For, what does a man gain by preserving self at all cost while forsaking virtue and one’s obligation to follow God?

Jesus Christ put it this way (in His own Words): For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (St. Mark 8:36).

Is this not a worthy philosophy to live by? If your answer should be nea, then I submit that you have taken a wrong turn--you are lost and need to be found. No matter what religion you may happen to subscribe to, Jesus' message is the same in this regard.

And for those who may not believe in Jesus, even the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, Hridayananda Dasa Goswami Acaryadeva, believed that Jesus Christ was the Son of the Most High! His thoughts were that Jesus has appeared at various times under a variety of identities. He held that Lord Krishna (Bhagavad-gita) and Jesus Christ were one and the same.

Al Colombo, GKO Publisher



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