Living is Life’s Priority ~ Dirk Droll     (I can’t believe nobody else said that before. Somebody probably did, and it just didn’t make it into the search engines…)

Exploiting others is not self-reliance. ~ Dirk Droll

You are not a self-made man when you pocket the fruits of other people’s labor. ~ Dirk Droll

Other people are real. Their needs and desires matter just as much as yours. ~ Franklin Veaux

The only way to survive is by taking care of each other. ~ Grace Lee Boggs

After leaving the sinking ship there is still the ocean to contend with. ~ Dirk Droll

Inherited primitive instincts are no excuse for not thinking! ~ Dirk Droll

Dear zealots and preachers, please let God speak for himself. (If he exists, I can’t hear him over your noise.) ~ Dirk Droll

A kind and caring creator of this cruel and uncaring universe strikes me as an impossibility. ~ Dirk Droll

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. – Galileo (unverified)

“Today you all start school. Sit still and listen!” are the last words a child will ever hear. ~ Dirk Droll

That’s the privilege of being young: every problems seems at least solvable. ~ Yenida

The credit belongs to the man who… if he fails… at least fails while daring greatly. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.” ~ Francis Bacon

“Science is truth found out.”  ~ Edward Ruscha

Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child. ~ Robert Heinlein

I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you. ~ Robin Williams

For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness. ~ Emerson

I finally know what distinguishes man from other beasts: financial worries. ~ Jules Renard

All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind. ~ Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations

No society can surely be flourishing and happy when part of the members are poor and miserable. ~ Adam Smith, Wealth Of Nations

Our merchants and master-manufacturers complain much of the bad effects of high wages in raising the price, and thereby lessening the sale of their goods both at home and abroad. They say nothing concerning the bad effects of high profits. They are silent with regard to the pernicious effects of their own gains. They complain only of those of other people. ~ Adam Smith, Wealth Of Nations

People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. ~ Adam Smith, Wealth Of Nations

As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed, and demand a rent even for its natural produce. ~ Adam Smith, Wealth Of Nations

The rate of profit… is naturally low in rich and high in poor countries, and it is always highest in the countries which are going fastest to ruin. ~ Adam Smith, Wealth Of Nations

The world of Man is in one of it’s down cycles, only this time the race to the bottom is truly global and married to a sophistication of techniques and technology never seen before. I worry that this time our global society may not recover. This time, it could even mean the end of humanity. We may still have one last chance to avert this fate. ~ Dirk Droll

So, when you have protected and cared for yourself and your own, you are still not done. You must then do the same for others. Only thus can we build a better world we can greatly enjoy and be proud of. ~ Dirk Droll

There may be many subjective “truths”, but there is only one objective reality. Many interesting and valid interpretations of this reality are possible, each viewing it from a different angle, all together providing a more complete picture of it, but conflicting notions of truth can be arbitrated by a close inspection of reality, the erroneous ones filtered out thus overcoming misunderstandings and artificial differences of opinion, allowing us to come together in mutual understanding and joined purpose. Cross-purposes and false assumptions based on conflicting unexamined truths weaken us as we thus apply all our quanta of force against one another nullifying each. In contrast, the joining of forces makes us strong to enact vast improvements for everybody. ~ Dirk Droll