Random Acts of Uncommon Sense

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Random Acts of Uncommon Sense

Note: This was a precursor to Echoes

A note to the reader:

Although many of the quotations
found within these pages contain male pronouns,
the ultimate message is not intended to be patriarchal.
It is my sincere desire that each of you will be able to discover
that the theme of these literary clips has more to do
with an all-inclusive frame of reference
than a gender-specific one.


Let’s talk about how I get back home.
–from the movie, Army of Darkness

By changing the way we’re seeing the world.
You see, you’re still searching for the right piece to fix first.
You don’t see that all the problems simply are fragments
of one single crisis—a crisis of perception.
–from the movie, Mindwalk

common sense.  1. Native good judgment;
sound ordinary sense.  2. The set of general
unexamined assumptions as distinguished from
specially acquired concepts: Common sense
holds that heavier bodies fall faster than lighter ones.
–The American Heritage Dictionary

Part of the communication problem, as we shall see,
is the strangeness of what is being found…
Very few people are synthesizing information
being gathered in far-flung places.
–Marilyn Ferguson

We are always getting ready to live
but never living.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our past is not our potential.
–Marilyn Ferguson

Re-examine all you have been told at school
or in church or in any book,
dismiss what insults your own soul,
and your very flesh shall be a great poem.
–Walt Whitman

“What will people say?”
In these words lies the tyranny of the world,
the whole destruction of our natural disposition,
the oblique vision of our minds.
These four words hold sway everywhere.
–Berthold Auerbach

One day posterity will remember,
this strange era, these strange times,
when ordinary common honesty was called courage.
–Yevgeny Yevtushenko

For our race to reach the next true satori,
for us to move to that next level of consciousness and evolution
that so many of our philosophers proclaim,
all facets of human endeavor
must become conscious strivings for art.
–Dan Simmons

Is not the real business of the artist to seek for man’s salvation,
and by understanding his ingredients
to make himself less an outlaw to himself?
–Loren Eisley

Every start upon an untrodden path
is a venture which only in unusual circumstances
looks sensible and likely to be successful.
–Albert Schweitzer

The invisible tensive straws that can save us
are those of individual human integrities—
in daring to steer the individual’s course only by truth,
strange as the realized truth may often seem—
wherever and whenever the truths are evidenced to the individual—
wherever they may lead, unfamiliar as the way may be.
–R. Buckminster Fuller

“Learn what is true in order to do what is right”
is the summing up of the whole duty of man.
–T.H. Huxley

The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life
is to unlearn what is untrue.

To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble.
But how much nobler it would be
if men died for ideas that were true.
–H.L. Menkin

For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances,
as though they were realities, and are more often influenced
by things that seem than by things that are.
–Niccolo Machiavelli

The trouble with people is not that they don’t know,
but that they know so much that ain’t so.
–Josh Billings

The man who never alters his opinion
is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.
–William Blake

In all cases of perception,
from the most basic to the most sophisticated,
the meaning of the experience is recognized by the observer
according to a horizon of expectation within which
the experience will be expected to fall.
–James Burke

Perception is based, to a very large extent,
on conceptual models, which are always inadequate,
often incomplete, and sometimes profoundly wrong.
–Lyall Watson

New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed
without any other reason but because they are not already common.
–John Locke

Common sense is judgment without reflection which is shared
by an entire class, a people, a nation, or the whole human race.
–Giovanni Battista Vico

Judging by common sense is merely another phrase
for judging by first appearance… The men who place implicit faith
in their own common sense are, without any exception,
the most wrong-headed and impracticable persons.
–John Stewart Mill

Sound English common sense—the inherited stupidity of the race.
–Oscar Wilde

Every creative act… involves a new innocence of perception
liberated from the cataract of accepted belief.
–Arthur Koestler

To raise new questions, new possibilities,
to regard old questions from a new angle,
requires creative imagination and marks real advances…
–Albert Einstein


Random Acts of Uncommon Sense/The Movie
(I’ll eventually upload a QuickTime version)
Running time: 6:23

(1) Opening theme/familiar sound
–Grand Canyon (0:30)

(2) Aughhhhhhhhhh
–Army of Darkness (0:29)

(3) Would you please rephrase the question?
–Total Recall (0:30)

(4) What do you think of the death penalty?
–The Fisher King (1:06)

(5) This ain’t the way
–Grand Canyon (0:23)

(6) Precisely the sort of thing that no one ever believes
–The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (0:05)

(7) We’re getting used to it
–Grand Canyon (0:27)

(8) All about California
–Doc Hollywood (0:11)

(9) How did we wind up here?
–Mindwalk (0:33)

(10) This man obviously needs a doctor
–The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (0:26)

(11) Don’t tell me anything
–Back to the Future (0:18)

(12) I’m in the twilight zone
–Doc Hollywood (0:05)

(13) Let’s talk about how I get back home
–Army of Darkness (0:05)

(14) A crisis of perception
–Mindwalk (0:16)

(15) All of life’s riddles
–Grand Canyon (0:59)


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