Tuesday, August 15, 2006


(NOTE: it has been pointed out to me that this may not actually be the writing of Molly Ivins. I will research and correct as soon as I find out. The sentiments remain wonderful either way.)

Three of the wisest woman I know of live in Texas. What's in the water down there? And why isn't it working on Laura and Babs?

Molly Ivins:

"Any moral proclamation that causes suffering, disease and death is evil. Any moral teaching that willfully ignores the pain it causes is phony morality and should be junked. For those who think the left has no moral absolutes, there is one for you."


"People who ignore suffering and so help more of it into the world are evil. Ignorance is a leading cause of suffering."

Read the entire article, it is brilliant logic if I've ever seen it:



Blogger Ronni said...

I have always liked Molly Ivins!

7:29 AM  
Blogger Mary K. Goddard said...

At risk of yanking Milo's chain when it comes to religion and philosophy....the Buddha explained that people live in a sea of suffering because of ignorance and greed.

One of the teachings of the Buddha is that suffering is the result of ignorance and greed. Ignorance and suffering are addressed in the four noble truths that are the basis of the Buddhist philosophy.

Suffering can be caused by both internal and external greed. Wanting what you can't have (what may not really be necessary to existance) causes suffering but I think the kind of greed we have proliferating today is the type that prevents humanity from having fulfillment of the basic needs it deserves in our modern culture. That's where the external greed trumps whatever basic control we have over our own lives.

That greed is rampant and causes suffering on a global scale.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Milo Johnson said...

I have no problem with good philosophies born of religious precepts, I simply do not feel that because the accuracy of a philosophy is empirically verifiable that it offers any validation to the religion that brought it forth. Just because the pentateuch says that there is no virtue in murder does not necessitate the conclusion that god exists. Truth comes in bits and pieces, that's the nature of the scientific method.

2:14 PM  

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