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First Principles: Labor To Keep Alive In Your Breast That Little Spark of Celestial Fire Called Conscience

“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.” – George Washington (1748)

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Eudaimonia

Eudaimoniaby Michael DoyleAs a matter of virtue and philosophical inquiryAristotle unveiled many a treasured mysterySetting eudaimonia as the telos of human lifeTranslated toward peace and against strifeInvestigations into the dream of pure reasonTurning the colors of each passing seasonThe functionality … Continue reading

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First Principles: There Is Not A Single Instance In History In Which Civil Liberty Was Lost, and Religious Liberty Preserved Entire

“There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage.” – John Witherspoon, … Continue reading

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The Spiderhead of Practiced Madness

The Spiderhead of Practiced Madnessby Michael DoyleForced into our darkest compulsionsWe have no sense but to feel revulsionSlipped needle holds its riddle darklyThe truths revealed are shown starklyThe spider’s head feels so libertineUntil examined for what it really meansInjected in … Continue reading

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First Principles: We Lay It Down As A Fundamental, That Laws, To Be Just, Must Give A Reciprocation of Right; That, Without This, They Are Mere Arbitrary Rules of Conduct, Founded In Force, and Not In Conscience

“We lay it down as a fundamental, that laws, to be just, must give a reciprocation of right; that, without this, they are mere arbitrary rules of conduct, founded in force, and not in conscience” – Thomas Jefferson, Notes on … Continue reading

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On Behalf of the Uyghurs

On Behalf of the Uyghursby Michael DoyleGive me the whole of your sentence And I will still my will and serveGive me the entirety of your pretenseTell me what it is that I deserveAnd I will still write my poetryNever … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Highest State of Liberty Subjects Us to the Law of Nature and the Government of God

“It is our duty to endeavor always to promote the general good; to do to all as we would be willing to be done by were we in their circumstances; to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly … Continue reading

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First Principles: ‘Tis the Business of Little Minds to Shrink; But He Whose Heart Is Firm, and Whose Conscience Approves His Conduct, Will Pursue His Principles Unto Death

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Conscience Asks the Question, Is It Right?…There Comes A Time When One Must Take A Position That Is Neither Safe, Nor Politic, Nor Popular

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First Principles: Laws, To Be Just, Must Give A Reciprocation of Right;…Without This, They Are Mere Arbitrary Rules of Conduct, Founded In Force

“We lay it down as a fundamental, that laws, to be just, must give a reciprocation of right; that, without this, they are mere arbitrary rules of conduct, founded in force, and not in conscience.” – Thomas Jefferson (1782)

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