Thought for the day

"But certainly for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, the appearance to the essence . . . only illusion is sacred, truth has become profane. Nay, sacredness is held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be the highest degree of sacredness." -- Ludwig Feuerbach, (1804-1872), Preface to the second edition of The Essence of Christianity"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber." -- Plato

Mount Rushmore Controversy

Mount Rushmore was intended to be a "pilgrimage to democracy," but for the Native American peoples who made the Black Hills their home for generations, the colossal carvings of the four US presidents into the granite hill were slightly less impressive. After several protests failed to stop the build-up, Oglala Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear declared, "My fellow chiefs and I want the white man to know that the red man has great heroes as well." He was thinking in particular of Crazy Horse, an Oglala Lakota War leader who fought against the American government when he broke his promises to Native Americans, surrendering at Camp Robinson in 1877. done and died.