Charles Clanton Rogers

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paris

JE SUIS PARIS

frech and American flag

No man is an island,

Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:

Any man’s death diminishes me,

Because I am involved in mankind, 

And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;

It tolls for thee.

John Donne

“The memory of all that, oh no,…….they can’t take that away from me!”

“We will always have Paris” Rick, Casablanca

JohnDonne

Born 22 January 1572

London, England
Died 31 March 1631
London, England
Occupation Poet, priest, lawyer
Nationality English
Alma mater Oxford University
Genre Satire, love poetry, elegy, sermons
Subject Love, sexuality, religion, death
Literary movement Metaphysical poetry

16 thoughts on “JE SUIS PARIS

  1. bbnewsab says:

    Thank you very much for this post, KK! Today all inhabitants in (Western) Europe feel like just Europeans (not like Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, British, French, German and so on citizens).

    We all appreciate your support, KK!

    By posting it you demonstrate that you are a globalist, not an isolationist.

    Terror of this kind can only be performed by those who are not afraid of dying. The terrorists are convinced (brainwashed) that their terrorist acts are liked and approved of by a Supreme Being.

    Religion is a mighty and powerful tool for priming and brainwashing people. Religious leaders can easily transform people to obey an imaginary invisible friend in Heaven (or Paradise) that acts in a dictatorial way and requires complete subservience to His surmised caprices, demands, wishes, and commandments.

    Our brains seem to be wired to exhibit either dominance or subservience (or at least subordination). We need – and want to – know our place in the hierarchy of power and influence.

    So if the religious – or political – leaders use and exploit this “wrongwiring” in our brains, totalitarian and intolerant behavior will follow among their compliant and obedient believers.

    As a matter of fact, there is a strong positive correlation between religiosity (belief in a superhuman supreme entity/being) and intolerance (lack of tolerance).

    By using a noninvasive neuroscientific “tool”, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), in certain parts of the brain, one can increase or diminish a person’s religiosity level (AND, at the same time, his or hers tolerance vs. intolerance threshold, i.e. his/her view of strangers).

    Increased religiosity means increased intolerance (= less tolerance).

    Earlier this week you sent me a FYI email, KK, with this link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/351347 . It’s an article focusing Kathleen Taylor, a neurologist at Oxford University.

    Her message is that recent developments in neuroscientific research suggest that we will soon be able to treat religious fundamentalism and other forms of ideological beliefs (potentially harmful to society) as a form of mental illness.

    Especially notice her word “illness”. That’s a much stronger word/concept than “disorder”. And probably also more correct to use, at least when you talk of fervent/zealous religiosity.

    Amen.

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      One simply wants to pull back the curtain of deception to discover the truths of Copernicus, Darwin the most accurate mental and emotional science. Having done that; to follow Abraham Lincoln’s:”with malice toward none and charity towards all, let us bind up the wounds of the [World]”

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  2. bbnewsab says:

    Click this link: http://deadstate.org/a-charlie-hebdo-cartoonist-drew-this-beautiful-response-to-the-paris-terror-attacks/ .

    Yes, the cartoonist is right. We don’t need more religion.

    It’s much better if our faith goes to music, kisses, life, and joy.

    And sometimes a glass of champagne. To celebrate LIFE & LOVE.

    Cheers, KK the Bridgebuilder!

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      The Charlie Hebdo images didn’t show up on my iPhone screen but the texts are beautiful. Paris has been and will remain the epitome of love, life, Le arts; ce la vivre – Viva ls France! “We will always have Paris” Rick, in “Casablanca”
      K

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  3. bbnewsab says:

    I think the text is supposed to be the image, KK.

    And I have to reiterate that there is too much religion in today’s world.

    Have a look at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/france-cancels-official-dinner-with-irans-president-rouhani-because-he-wants-it-to-be-wine-free-a6729581.html .

    On how religious faith led to a cancellation of a dinner on highest political level.

    What will religion be up to next? Starting a war because one of the dinner guests insisted on saying grace?

    KK, there is a huge need for bridge builders. An ever-growing need.

    You are needed to save this insane world we all live in. Please, use your bridge building talents. It’s very urgent. No time to lose.

    Amen.

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      OK, The text says it all! K

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  4. bbnewsab says:

    If Sir Winston Churchill had been still alive (and kicking) and Britain’s prime minister, I think he would have been more than willing to reiterate this speech from 1940:

    ”You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.” – Churchill, 13 Maj, 1940, i House of Commons.

    Or translated to today’s language: ISIS/ISIL/Daesh must be destroyed. They aspire to destroy the Western civilization and replace it with a worldwide Caliphate, in which free speech is forbidden, democracy is deleted and sharia is imposed to solve conflicts and punish criminals. All in the name of an evil supernatural entity no one has ever seen, just heard of.

    Cf. Santa Claus. He has both been seen and heard of. So why not continue believing in him like you did when you were 3-4 years old? In fact Santa is much better documented than YHWH, God, Allah (or what you prefer to call your imaginary friend up in the sky).

    BTW, there ARE some crackpots who continue to believe in Santa Claus even as adults; see: http://paranormal.about.com/od/othermiracles/a/Santa-Claus-Sightings.htm .

    Maybe we should invite them to join us, KK, when we sit in the evenings around the firecamp and wonder what to chat about tonight?

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      In stead of the chat, let’s just listen to you and Bette Midler and “the rose”? K

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  5. bbnewsab says:

    Something tells me you don’t like my anti-religious diatribes, KK.

    Or am I wrong?

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      I would rather ignore magical thinking for a while. K

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    2. clanton1934 says:

      However, there are many twisted minds in more than one of the World’s population who won’t let me ignore them for even a few minutes! It it is beyond ironic tragedy! Inhumanity, mayhem, death and catastrophic destruction in the alleged name of The Creator; followed by furry and destructive retribution! K

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    3. clanton1934 says:

      PV, are you still there? K

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  6. bbnewsab says:

    Yes, but I’m about to log out. I just read your latest comments. Maybe better if I stop commenting and just use the Like button? I have stopped blogging myself, to have time to comment on your blog, and because of that my antireligious and antitheist opinions need to find new outlets, that is why they appear here on your blog, in my comments.

    This is no big problem for me at all. But i suspect you maybe has got some problems by not censoring/deleting my diatribes.

    BTW: I have commented some questions you asked me and Laura 14 November. Have you seen my suggestions/answers? (Has nothing to do with this new “topic”.)

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      I don’t want you stop anything!!!
      No I did not see the answers. Are they on e-mail? “Don’t change a hair for me”

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  7. Aquileana says:

    Beautiful… Your post touched me in many ways…. thanks for sharing.
    Regards. Aquileana ☺

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      I am pleased! I look forward to new post, yet to be discovered circling in our memory brain cells. I never know what is next; not even how a post falls out when I start. Your blog is so well organized and beautiful, it appears that was born that way, like a Bach fugue!
      Charles

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