To act and act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait and wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the rising and falling tides (of affairs), so that with nature and law at his back, and truth and beneficence as his beacon light, he may accomplish wonders. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other. Man thus becomes the victim of the tides when he should be their Master.
- H. P. Blavatsky, Russian Author, Translator, and Theosophist (1831-1891)
I think Perry Farrell said it best when he sang . . .
“Some people should die… that’s just unconscious knowledge.”
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It has often been said that the British acquired their empire in a fit of absent mindedness, as consequence of automatic trends, yielding to what seemed possible and what was tempting, rather than as a result of deliberate policy. If this is true, then the road to hell may just as well be paved with no intentions as with the proverbial good ones.
“The Origins of Totalitarianism” – Hannah Arendt, 1951