Monday, January 17, 2011

Just some comments from long ago

The following were written down thousands of years ago, yet too many today ignore them in their worship of the past.

"Similar actions in different situations do not produce the same results. One should adapt to the needs of the time."
-- Lieh Tzu --

"Laws are written to bring about justice. To stick to the letter of a law so meticulously that it creates injustice is to take care of your hat and shoes while forgetting the head and feet they were designed to protect."
-- Lao Tzu --

"Those who understand the spirit of a law adapt it to the changing times. Those who do not understand this continue to follow it even when to do so has become harmful."
-- Lao Tzu --

And something more recent . . .

Abraham Lincoln's Annual Message to Congress: 1862

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

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