Religions sprang up among men to deal with the sometimes terrifying aspects of existence, to make sense out of the senseless, to explain things we find inexplicable
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All children alarm their parents, if only because you are forever expecting to encounter yourself.
Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin.
The more money an American accumulates, the less interesting he becomes.
Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
These people Bush Administration are for the most part rip-off artists. Notice that they're all gas and oil men from Cheney, to the two Bushes I think Rumsfeld also.
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