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But to say that the universe is governed by the will of many, is equivalent to a declaration that there are many minds in one body, since there are many and various offices of the members, so that separate minds may be supposed to govern separate senses; and also the many affections, by which we are accustomed to be moved either to anger, or to desire, or to joy, or to fear, or to pity, so that in all these affections as many minds may be supposed to operate; and if any one should say this, he would appear to be destitute even of that very mind, which is one. But if in one body one mind possesses the government of so many things, and is at the same time occupied with the whole, why should any one suppose that the universe cannot be governed by one, but that it can be governed by more than one? And because those maintainers of many gods are aware of this, they say that they so preside over separate offices and parts, that there is still one chief ruler. The others, therefore, on this principle, will not be gods, but attendants and ministers, whom that one most mighty and omnipotent appointed to these offices, and they themselves will be subservient to his authority and command. If, therefore, all are not equal to one another, all are not gods; for that which serves and that which rules cannot be the same. For if God is a title of the highest power, He must be incorruptible, perfect, incapable of suffering, and subject to no other being; therefore they are not gods whom necessity compels to obey the one greatest God. But because they who hold this opinion are not deceived without cause, we will presently lay open the cause of this error. Now, let us prove by testimonies the unity of the divine power.
~ Lactantius (c. 250c. 325), Divine Institutes (Book I, ch. 3)

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LIFE'S GREATEST QUESTION

Dear Lord, I don't get it. All these animals -- they are completely innocent -- they didn't do anything -- and should be living in something like Uncle Wiggily land. Certainly, most of them, at least, seem fit for and deserving of it.

So how then is it they all ended up here in devil world?

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POTPOURRI

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Numerous are my enemies;
Countless as the sands.
Yet when they need to face me,
There's not a single man.

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Banned (for yours, mine, our own good!)
* mercurochrome with mercury
* Salty pretzels
* DVD players that do not necessarily require a remote
* Shakeys Pizza in Seattle

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Status, he has. Heart, soul, and the ability to reason properly? -- Well, no. Then he wanted, insisted, that I buy what he was selling. But when I didn't, and much to my extreme surprise, he declared out-and-out war on me. And this now for over 30 years. (True story.) All of which goes to show that fooling dumb people, no matter how many of them there are, just isn't enough.

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They wouldn't be much in the way of devils, now would they, if they couldn't form working conspiracies? But what? Do you mean then to tell me there are none?

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A: But why do you keep chickens?
B: Because I need fresh eggs.
A: Why don't you just get them at the store?
B: They're not fresh enough.
A: They seem fresh enough to me.
B: Not to me.
A: Oh...You're crazy!
B: Crazy am I? When I can have fresh eggs?

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Question: Why wouldn't the vampire look into the mirror?
Answer: Because he was afraid he'd see a ghoul!

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(We heard this before I think.)

"It wasn't me. The dog bit you."

Yes, but he's your dog!

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Though granted ethnic slang or colloquial ways of speaking might be employed in a given instance, when it comes to TRUE poetry, THERE IS NO black poetry, white poetry, English poetry, German poetry, Japanese poetry, Javanese --- whatever! -- only poetry.


["We Wear The Mask by Paul Lawrence Dunbar" - read by Pemon Rami]

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...I see, again, what can be alleged on the other hand, that those many gods are such as we hold the one God to be. But this cannot possibly be so, because the power of these gods individually will not be able to proceed further, the power of the others meeting and hindering them. For either each must be unable to pass beyond his own limits, or, if he shall have passed beyond them, he must drive another from his boundaries. They who believe that there are many gods, do not see that it may happen that some may be opposed to others in their wishes, from which circumstance disputing and contention would arise among them; as Homer represented the gods at war among themselves, since some desired that Troy should be taken, others opposed it.

The universe, therefore, must be ruled by the will of one. For unless the power over the separate parts be referred to one and the same providence, the whole itself will not be able to exist; since each takes care of nothing beyond that which belongs peculiarly to him, just as warfare could not be carried on without one general and commander. But if there were in one army as many generals as there are legions, cohorts, divisions, and squadrons, first of all it would not be possible for the army to be drawn out in battle array, since each would refuse the peril; nor could it easily be governed or controlled, because all would use their own peculiar counsels, by the diversity of which they would inflict more injury than they would confer advantage. So, in this government of the affairs of nature, unless there shall be one to whom the care of the whole is referred, all things will be dissolved and fall to decay.
~ Lactantius (c. 250c. 325), Divine Institutes (Book I, ch. 3)

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