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and P.S. [Re: wofahulicodoc] #218058
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Here's a slightly different version of it. This is from Bartleby's, and is the version I have seen more commonly.


THOU shalt have one God only; who
Would be at the expense of two?

No graven images may be
Worshipped, except the currency.

Swear not at all; for, for thy curse
Thine enemy is none the worse.

At church on Sunday to attend
Will serve to keep the world thy friend.

Honor thy parents; that is, all
From whom advancement may befall.

Thou shalt not kill; but needíst not strive
Officiously to keep alive.

Do not adultery commit;
Advantage rarely comes of it.

Thou shalt not steal; an empty feat,
When itís so lucrative to cheat.

Bear not false witness; let the lie
Have time on its own wings to fly.

Thou shalt not covet, but tradition
Approves all forms of competition.


The latest commandments [Re: wofahulicodoc] #218068
08/13/14 01:41 AM
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Thou shalt have one God to adore,
Or maybe fewer, but not more.
Worship no idols, for we know
The Lord's a jealous so-and-so.
Thou shalt not take his name in vain,
But other oaths incur no stain.
On Sundays, if engaged in sports,
Keep half thy mind on holy thoughts.
Thy parents merit thy respect,
But if they nag, thou mayst object.
Thou shalt not kill, unless thy king
Proclaims that war's a noble thing.
Adultery's a moral flaw,
But, strangely, not against the law.
Thou shalt not steal; but on the Left
They say that property is theft.
False witness thou shalt never bear;
CCTV is everywhere.
And covet not; but if this should
Prove hard, explain that greed is good.

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When unintended meanings portends new insight [Re: wofahulicodoc] #218069
08/13/14 04:12 AM
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Thou shalt not kill; but needíst not strive
officiously to keep alive.


What is life? Don't be silly, life doesn't begin and end with the individual. Life is a progressive process to eventually effect the purpose of being. People don't die. They live on through the people who follow them. Therefore...
life can be considered dead only when it stops contributing new information to the long living clade.

Re: The latest commandments [Re: A C Bowden] #218070
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Say AC, good show. Are you sure that you aren't a renowned somebody?
Your writings seem much too polished for folks of the local ilk.
Except for maybe Wofa and Tromboniator and three others. smile

Just kidding but your post above is brilliant. smile

the latest "latest" [Re: A C Bowden] #218079
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Well done, A C.

You have a real flair for this :-) !

Good Night, Robin. [Re: wofahulicodoc] #218114
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No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.

- Robin Williams


I agree Robert G. Now who's the slave you or me? [Re: jenny jenny] #218136
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"The man who does not do his own thinking is a slave,
and is a traitor to himself and his fellow men."


Robert G. I_______

if you say so... [Re: jenny jenny] #218238
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It's been almost a week. I looked it up. Sorry.

Quote:
"The man who does not do his own thinking is a slave,
and is a traitor to himself and his fellow men."

Robert G. Ingersoll


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"These are the only ones of which the news has come to Harvard,
And there may be many others but they haven't been discovered,"

-- Tom L______

(There were 104 at the time, and I think we're now up to 119. It's truly elementary.)

Re: if you say so... [Re: wofahulicodoc] #218247
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Quote:
"These are the only ones of which the news has come to Harvard,
And there may be many others but they haven't been discovered,"

It's an extraordinary feat of cleverness. For something in the neighborhood of fifty years I've been meaning to memorize that whole thing, but I'm always too busy learning lines for some play, or music for a concert. Now is no exception.

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Somehow there's nothing elegant or even remotely attractive about rhyming "Ununenium " in the Major-General's song, as Tom Lehrer did with the first 104 elements.

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