Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Freedom, Security, and a New Way to War

Recently, I've become enamored with one of our Founding Fathers. Here are a few of his quotes:

The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions; for life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree, the effect of prudence, or the want of it. By playing at Chess then, we may learn: 1st, Foresight, which looks a little into futurity, and considers the consequences that may attend an action ... 2nd, Circumspection, which surveys the whole Chess-board, or scene of action: — the relation of the several Pieces, and their situations; ... 3rd, Caution, not to make our moves too hastily...

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.

-Benjamin Franklin

Perhaps for the next presidential election (rather than slinging mud or spending hideous amounts of money), the candidates could sit down to play a little chess so we, the American People, would know about their foresight, circumspection, and caution.
Or maybe Bin Laden would care to sit down to a game of chess to end the war on terrorism...

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