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French poet, touted as the most influential romantic writer of the 19th Century, Victor Marie Hugo, and his thoughts on:

Religion

These two haves of God, the Pope and the emperor.

God became a man, granted. The devil became a woman.

Obstacles to Fame

You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea. It is the cloud which thunders around everything that shines. Fame must have enemies, as light must have gnats. Do no bother yourself about it; disdain. Keep your mind serene as you keep your life clear.

Death Penalty

You insist on the example [of the death penalty]. Why? For what it teaches. What do you want to teach with your example? That thou shalt not kill. And how do you teach thou shalt not kill? By killing.

Progress

A day will come when there will be no battlefields, but markets opening to commerce and minds opening to ideas. A day will come when the bullets and bombs are replaced by votes, by universal suffrage, by the venerable arbitration of a great supreme senate which will be to Europe what Parliament is to England, the Diet to Germany, and the Legislative Assembly to France.

Ideas

One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas.

Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come.

Balance

To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.

Humanity

Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. Of that divine tear and that human smile is composed the sweetness of the present civilization.

Tolerance

There shall be no slavery of the mind.

Revolution

I represent a party which does not yet exist: the party of revolution, civilization. This party will make the twentieth century. There will issue from it first the United States of Europe, then the United States of the World.

Life

To love is to act.

Foundation

 The need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. One must have bread; but before bread, one must have the ideal.

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The death penalty doesn’t seem to be a matter of morality in this world but more a matter of geography. It depends – on where you are.  Some people don’t feel reclusion perpetua (life imprisonment) is enough for some crimes, and about all that I like about it is that it  gives a chance for innocents to be saved from the more irreversible process that is the death penalty. Otherwise, keeping a live being in a cage for too long is prolonging agonies and costly.  Death could be a relief.  And yet, it may not be deserved. 

Of course, this all sounds like a shocking topic for somebody like me to mull over, but nowhere in my credos, spiritual books and psychological researches is abuse condoned or healthy.  Abuse is lack of self love.  That’s why I recommend that when we discuss these matters, keep your loved ones close in your minds. 

Manila Mayor Lito Atienza was hawking over the rape-slay case of Candice Castro, a pretty banker who lived in a condo in Malate, Manila, that put Bebs Reyes in the top 10 list of Most Wanted in 2004.  Atienza’s words were, “The murderers are without respect to humanity, no words can fit to describe how the victim was killed. Let none of the murderers remain free.” 

Thanks, Mayor. 

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