People don't automatically buy into a good cause. ... People buy into the leaders first then the leader's vision. (John C. Maxwell, Leadership, 30 January)
To authoritarians, any attempt to change the country is an attempt to destroy it, and a citizen's duty is to obey the authority figures, without ever asking whether they are lying, stealing, trampling on people's rights or otherwise abusing their positions. (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, The Sky's The Limit, p. 95)
... authoritarians have a very strong resistance to change, and are threatened by any disruption of things as they are accustomed to experiencing them. (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, The Sky's The Limit, p. 67)
... authoritarians for all their pretensions to mastery, tend inwardly to be chronically depressed and unhappy people, suffering from an almost total lack of real human fulfillment, secretly aware that they are bumbling through life chasing some unknown inhuman thing, being tolerated but never really respected by others, and suffering from blind, inert acceptance of their fates. (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, The Sky's The Limit, p. 102)
The signs of unholy relationships are quite clear; people become: defensive, fearful, hostile, standoffish, and don't wish to be in your company. (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, The Power of Intention, p. 91)
Wars can be stopped only if people are ready to be persecuted for not participating in them. This is the only way. (Leo Tolstoy, A Calendar Of Wisdom, 29 December)
If my soldiers started thinking, not a single soldier would remain in my army. (Frederick II in A Calendar Of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy, 29 December)
The bigger the lie, the more eagerly do those who want the lie to be true corrupt their consciousness. ... there was the corrupted consciousness that kept America believing that we were winning the Vietnam War until 45,000 Americans were killed, 300,000 American men and women were wounded, over 150 billion dollars were spent, and a beautiful Asian country was left in smoking ruin. Barbara Tuckman writes in her book, "The March of Folly." "At no time were policy-makers unaware of the hazards, obstacles, and negative developments. American intelligence was adequate, informed observation flowed steadily from the field to the capital." We knew, but we choose not to know. (Lewis B. Smedes, A Pretty Good Person, p. 73)
- To put the world in order we must first put the nation in order.
- To put the nation in order we must first put the family in order.
- To put the family in order we must first cultivate our personal life.
- And to cultivate our personal life, we must set our hearts right.
- (Confucious, c.550-470 b.c., Chinese Philospher in Pocket Positives)
Those people who are not governed by God will be ruled by tyrants. (William Penn, in The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, p. 59)10 March 2013