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[Posted on Face Book, 8 Aug. 2018]

[I had posted this earlier, but came back later to find that unbeknownst to me someone mysteriously had taken it down. Consequently, I am posting it a second time.]

From the days (at least compared to the present) when happiness was legal and protected by the law.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNUlhLfAl3c
["Elvis Presley - Little Darlin' (1977)" - live]

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[ch. 17]
...The Epicureans, again, show still greater consistency, in maintaining that all the senses are equally true in their testimony, and always so — only in a different way. It is not our organs of sensation that are at fault, but our opinion. The senses only experience sensation, they do not exercise opinion; it is the soul that opines. They separated opinion from the senses, and sensation from the soul. Well, but whence comes opinion, if not from the senses? Indeed, unless the eye had descried a round shape in that tower, it could have had no idea that it possessed roundness. Again, whence arises sensation if not from the soul? For if the soul had no body, it would have no sensation...

...Hence we are bound most certainly to claim for the senses truth, and fidelity, and integrity, seeing that they never render any other account of their impressions than is enjoined on them by the specific causes or conditions which in all cases produce that discrepancy which appears between the report of the senses and the reality of the objects...
~ Tertullian (c.160–220 AD), Treatise on the Soul

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His dumb followers continue in utter awe of him, and will have, in effect, said to me things like "Sherman, you think you are so smart, but you don't know how great and glorious our leader is." Meanwhile, countless times the thing that evidently most impresses them about this beloved megalomaniac (whom for the moment let's call "Mysterion") is his magical and amazing powers. I then respond by saying "You are much deluded. For as great as Mysterion is and you believe him to be, I will wager that NOT A SINGLE PERSON actually desires and wants him -- at least such as are not bribed, brainwashed, blackmailed or in sheer terror of their lives into doing so. So that were he to vanish and disappear I cannot possibly imagine anyone for a moment would miss or wish him still here."

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[ch. 15]
...We are taught by God concerning both these questions— viz. that there is a ruling power in the soul, and that it is enshrined in one particular recess of the body. For, when one reads of God as being “the searcher and witness of the heart;” [Wisdom 1:6] when His prophet is reproved by His discovering to him the secrets of the heart; [Proverbs 24:12] when God Himself anticipates in His people the thoughts of their heart, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?” [Matthew 9:4] when David prays “Create in me a clean heart, O God,” and Paul declares, “With the heart man believes unto righteousness,” [Romans 10:10] and John says, “By his own heart is each man condemned;” [1 John 3:20] when, lastly, “he who looks on a woman so as to lust after her, has already committed adultery with her in his heart,” [Matthew 5:28] — then both points are cleared fully up, that there is a directing faculty of the soul, with which the purpose of God may agree; in other words, a supreme principle of intelligence and vitality (for where there is intelligence, there must be vitality), and that it resides in that most precious part of our body to which God especially looks: so that you must not suppose, with Heraclitus, that this sovereign faculty of which we are treating is moved by some external force; nor with Moschion, that it floats about through the whole body; nor with Plato, that it is enclosed in the head; nor with Xenophanes, that it culminates in the crown of the head; nor that it reposes in the brain, according to the opinion of Hippocrates; nor around the basis of the brain, as Herophilus thought; nor in the membranes thereof, as Strato and Erasistratus said; nor in the space between the eyebrows, as Strato the physician held; nor within the enclosure of the breast, according to Epicurus: but rather, as the Egyptians have always taught, especially such of them as were accounted the expounders of sacred truths; in accordance, too, with that verse of Orpheus or Empedocles:

“Man has his (supreme) sensation in the blood around his heart.”...

~ Tertullian (c.160–220 AD), Treatise on the Soul

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I think few or no one can better "tell it like it is" than a typical movie or tv character played by Telly Savalas. This is perhaps seen most true in a Bonanza episode from 1965 "To Own the World;" where Savalas' villainous character tries to prove that he can buy and acquire ANYTHING (if he wants) -- the country, the government, the new media, universities, the arts and culture -- even the Ponderosa! Will he succeed? Find out (that is, if and when you get the chance sometime) in what has to be one best Bonanza scripts of all time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGJt8gbraZM
["Bonanza S6 E29 To Own The World"]

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[ch. 14]
Being thus single, simple, and entire in itself, it is as incapable of being composed and put together from external constituents, as it is of being divided in and of itself, inasmuch as it is indissoluble. For if it had been possible to construct it and to destroy it, it would no longer be immortal. Since, however, it is not mortal, it is also incapable of dissolution and division. Now, to be divided means to be dissolved, and to be dissolved means to die. Yet (philosophers) have divided the soul into parts: Plato, for instance, into two; Zeno into three; Panætius, into five or six; Soranus, into seven; Chrysippus, into as many as eight; and Apollophanes, into as many as nine; while certain of the Stoics have found as many as twelve parts in the soul. Posidonius makes even two more than these: he starts with two leading faculties of the soul—the directing faculty, ...; and the rational faculty, ...—and ultimately subdivided these into seventeen parts. Thus variously is the soul dissected by the different schools. Such divisions, however, ought not to be regarded so much as parts of the soul, as powers, or faculties, or operations thereof, even as Aristotle himself has regarded some of them as being. For they are not portions or organic parts of the soul's substance, but functions of the soul— such as those of motion, of action, of thought, and whatsoever others they divide in this manner; such, likewise, as the five senses themselves, so well known to all— seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, smelling. Now, although they have allotted to the whole of these respectively certain parts of the body as their special domiciles, it does not from that circumstance follow that a like distribution will be suitable to the sections of the soul; for even the body itself would not admit of such a partition as they would have the soul undergo. But of the whole number of the limbs one body is made up, so that the arrangement is rather a concretion than a division. Look at that very wonderful piece of organic mechanism by Archimedes,— I mean his hydraulic organ, with its many limbs, parts, bands, passages for the notes, outlets for their sounds, combinations for their harmony, and the array of its pipes; but yet the whole of these details constitute only one instrument...
~ Tertullian (c.160–220 AD), Treatise on the Soul

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[ch. 6]
...If your own writings are distrusted, neither God nor Nature lie. And if you would have faith in God and Nature, have faith in the soul; thus you will believe yourself... The soul is not a boon from heaven to Latins and Greeks alone. Man is the one name belonging to every nation upon earth: there is one soul and many tongues, one spirit and various sounds; every country has its own speech, but the subjects of speech are common to all. God is everywhere, and the goodness of God is everywhere; demons are everywhere, and the cursing of them is everywhere; the invocation of divine judgment is everywhere, death is everywhere, and the sense of death is everywhere, and all the world over is found the witness of the soul. There is not a soul of man that does not, from the light that is in itself, proclaim the very things we are not permitted to speak above our breath. Most justly, then, every soul is a culprit as well as a witness: in the measure that it testifies for truth, the guilt of error lies on it; and on the day of judgment it will stand before the courts of God, without a word to say. You proclaimed God, O soul, but you did not seek to know Him: evil spirits were detested by you, and yet they were the objects of your adoration; the punishments of hell were foreseen by you, but no care was taken to avoid them; you had a savour of Christianity, and withal were the persecutor of Christians.
~ Tertullian (c.160–220 AD), The Soul's Testimony

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Someone first posted this on Face Book a few months back, and I thought I would finally get around to including it here and that has to be seen to be believed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W23FRsHnegE

["Mr Rogers & the Wicked Witch of the West, Margaret Hamilton (1975)"]

[Note. It is a common misconception that a witch is or is supposed to be a person possessing magical powers. More correctly, what is known or thought of as a "witch" is simply someone being used and employed by a criminal spirit person, and which latter is actually the one furnishing such seeming powers and abilities. The powers and abilities themselves, generally speaking or for convenience sake, we might liken to spirit person based technology, and which has its focus on deception and mind control.]

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[ch. 5]
...I don't think they can appear frivolous or feeble to any one, if he reflect on the majesty of nature, from which the soul derives its authority. If you acknowledge the authority of the mistress, you will own it also in the disciple. Well, nature is the mistress here, and her disciple is the soul. But everything the one has taught or the other learned, has come from God— the Teacher of the teacher... ...Which latter indeed waited for their own instruction from the former, and though we grant that light has come from you, still it has flowed from the first fountainhead originally; and we claim as entirely ours, all you may have taken from us and handed down. Since it is thus, it matters little whether the soul's knowledge was put into it by God or by His book. Why, then, O man, will you maintain a view so groundless, as that those testimonies of the soul have gone forth from the mere human speculations of your literature, and got hardening of common use?
~ Tertullian (c.160–220 AD), The Soul's Testimony

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