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  • #11
    Re: 600 years

    Be positive!
    Promote friendship among nations.
    Ban the “G” word
    Obama must know something
    we don’t.
    Mozart on first seeing a Bach score:
    “One could learn from this.”
    At the beginning was the word.
    At the end garbage,


    • #12
      Re: 600 years

      A historian is not judged by the degree of his patriotism, nationalism, or loyalty to a power structure, but by his honesty and impartiality. For more on this subject see Michael Grant’s GREEK AND ROMAN HISTORIANS: INFORMATION AND MISINFORMATION (London, 1995).


      • #13
        Re: 600 years

        Plato tells us in an anti-intellectual environment, a philosopher cannot but be like “a man who has fallen among wild beasts..."


        • #14
          Re: 600 years

          NOTES / COMMENTS
          Our 1% may know better
          but they are not equal to the task.
          Incompetence in a physician
          spells death to the patient.
          Incompetence in the leadership
          spells genocide to the people –
          if not “red” than “white.”


          • #15
            Re: 600 years

            IN ARMENIAN LIFE
            An Armenian is a being
            who pretends 600 years of subservience to Turks
            has had no discernible effect on him.
            I read the following on dogs:
            “Dog is man’s favorite pet
            because it is the animal most slavish
            in its disposition and nastiest in its habits.”


            • #16
              Re: 600 years

              When told I am a comfort to our enemies, I say, we are a greater comfort when
              we divide ourselves.


              • #17
                Re: 600 years

                My greatest liability:
                I never mastered the art
                of flattering the powerful and the rich --
                i.e. the scum of the earth.


                • #18
                  Re: 600 years

                  NOTES / COMMENTS
                  The quintessential Armenian counterargument:
                  “I’d rather be an idiot my way
                  than anything else in yours.”
                  Most men may indeed be crypto-chauvinist pigs.
                  That’ doesn’t make most women models of integrity.
                  I have been wrong so many times
                  that I no longer aim at being right
                  but at being less wrong.
                  As a boy I read with my body and soul.
                  Now I read with only a small fraction of my cranium.
                  For 600 years we were neither brave nor free,
                  but in 1915 we decided almost unanimously
                  to protect and defend that which was rightfully ours.


                  • #19
                    Re: 600 years

                    A Turkish-Armenian is more Turkish and less Armenian.
                    A Soviet-Armenian is more Soviet and less Armenian.
                    An Armenian-American is more American and less Armenian.
                    An Armenian from the Middle-East is more Levantine and less Armenian.
                    Something similar could be said of French-Armenians,
                    Greek-Armenians, Italian-Armenians
                    (assuming there are some left), and so on.
                    That's because, in Krikor Zohrab's words:
                    “As impressionable as soft wax,
                    the Armenian acquires indiscriminately the virtues as well as the vices
                    of the country in which he happens to be living.”
                    And I remember a retired Armenian schoolteacher in her eighties
                    (may she rest in peace and may the blessing of the Lord be upon her)
                    saying, “Armenians are fast learners of all the wrong things.”


                    • #20
                      Re: 600 years

                      For most of our historic existence
                      our identity was shaped by swine.
                      Our most important project today
                      is to reject as much of it as possible
                      in order to be born again as human beings.