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  • Mark shared from a Personal Document
    A century after Socrates, Pythias was condemned to death in Syracuse but wished to go home and settle his affairs. Damon, his friend, took his place in jail, agreeing to be executed if Pythias didn't return. Of course he returned, and the tyrant who'd condemned him was so moved by the friendship that he released them both. This is not a myth.
    Note: From "Borrowed time, an AIDS memoir " by Paul Monette.
  • Mark shared from a Personal Document
    A century after Socrates, Pythias was condemned to death in Syracuse but wished to go home and settle his affairs. Damon, his friend, took his place in jail, agreeing to be executed if Pythias didn't return. Of course he returned, and the tyrant who'd condemned him was so moved by the friendship that he released them both. This is not a myth.
    Note: From "Borrowed time, an AIDS memoir " by Paul Monette. One of the greatest love stories I've ever read. I read the book in the 90's , bought it again after i came to Canada and just got the e-book copy & read it again.
  • Mark shared from a Personal Document
    Besides, courage doesn't precede action. The action releases it, like endorphins in a marathon runner.
  • Mark shared from a Personal Document
    Sol realized now that the machine god, whatever its form, was insightful enough to see that empathy was a response to others’ pain, but the same UI was too stupid to realize that empathy—in both human terms and the terms of humankind’s UI—was far more than that. Empathy and love were inseparable and inexplicable. The machine UI would never understand it—not even enough to use it as a lure for the part of the human UI who had tired of warfare in the distant future. Love, that most banal of things, that most clichéd of religious motivations, had more power—Sol now knew—than did strong...
    Note: Wise words
  • Mark shared from Asylum Bound by Stuart Townsend
    Years later the colleague would describe that first E.C.T. The doctors didn’t know how much electricity to pass between his temples so just wound up the volts until a seizure resulted. The records from this first E.C.T. show that once the patient had had the seizure he was quiet and still for some time. Regaining consciousness he sat up and said, “What the fuck are you arseholes trying to do?” Fair comment!
    Note: totally fair comment
(Guelph, Ontario, Canada)
Mark L. Blei