Friday, February 3, 2012

Meme Share: 3 Quotes by Kennedy

These three quotes by the late President John F. Kennedy have to do with memes and meme sharing--

“As every past generation has had to disenthrall itself from an inheritance of truisms and stereotypes, so in our time we must move on from the reassuring repetition of stale phrases to a new, difficult, but essential confrontation with reality.
“For the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clich├ęs of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”
– John F. Kennedy in his Yale University commencement address (New Haven, Connecticut: June 11, 1962), 5:10-6:08

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
― John F. Kennedy

“What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.”
― John F. Kennedy

1 comment:

  1. Cyd,
    How true this quote from JFK. Who was the speech writer? We as a nation appear to unfortunately want to live in the myth. It provides an excuse to avoid resposibility for our life. To break away from the myth requires acceptance of our own power. From Nelson Mandela's 1994 inagural speech "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate ...our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. .... As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." I look at what is happening in the Middle East as a perfect example of this!