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Quotes of the Day [Mar. 8th, 2004|09:52 am]
Peter Sheil
A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.
Joseph Stalin (1879 - 1953)

It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought.
John Kenneth Galbraith (1908 - )

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.
Charles Wadsworth

After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood.
Fred Thompson, Speech before the Commonwealth Club of California
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[User Picture]From: loreeley
2004-03-08 02:08 am (UTC)
The first one is silly.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-03-08 02:47 am (UTC)
Well there ae two points here. Firstly Stalin was not renowned for his caring attitude towards the rest of humaity and secondly if there are too many people killed then it becomes less personal. If you personally know someone who is killed in a car accident then that is a tragedy. But several thousand people are killed on the roads each year (or is it more? I have no idea what the statistics actually are.) Also I think it is part of a mechanism for protection - if we all grieved about every single human death or tragedy we would be overwhealmed (sp?) by them.
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