The Enchilada is always greener…

on someone else’s plate?

Not sure if that sounds right, but green enchiladas are real, very common in New Mexico/Arizona cuisine. However my point about the someone else’s enchilada is thus. I’ve been working on and off on a post about famous quotes and in that time have gathered data that I believe is very powerful but did not fit the theme of my ‘quote’ post per se. Also have decided that I want my Enchilada posts to just be what I have created. So therefor the following is a list other people’s thoughts/words/feelings that are powerful and relevant to understanding the world we live in. So the Enchilada’s of others. As always I sincerely hope they stimulate thought.

I have put a ‘(V)’ at the end of the quote citation to indicate that I have verified this source as real.


“Stay calm and run cool…” wise words from my maternal grandfather, John Stanley Wood. (V)

Detective writer Arthur Conan-Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes series, once wrote: “When you have ruled out the impossible, then whatever remains, no matter how improbable, is the truth.”  (V)

There is a game being played on all of us. As humans we need to become more aware, once I became aware my criminal mentality was completely erased. It’s gone. And so therefor the more knowledge we the people have the more control we have over our faculties. – Paraphrased from Eric Penn (father was a serial killer) (V)


“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

Attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in ‘Elective Affinities’
I searched ‘Elective Affinities’ for said quote and could not find it. The following is listed after the quote in Wikiquote;
Bk. II, Ch. 5; source: Die Wahlverwandtschaften, Hamburger Ausgabe, Bd. 6 (Romane und Novellen I), dtv Verlag, München, 1982, p. 397 (II.5) (Die Wahlverwandtschaften = Elective Affinities)
I cannot identify a book II(2).


You can’t obtain honesty unless you overcome ego. – Alan Watt (V)

Levine suggests that the psychology profession needs to move in the direction of “liberation psychology,” a concept popularized by Ignacio Martin-Baró, a social psychologist and priest in El Salvador who recognized a “psychology of oppression” in which the downtrodden of a society fatalistically believe they are powerless to alter their circumstances. Consequently, they become resigned and apathetic to their situation. Sadly, Martin-Baró was assassinated in 1989 — by a U.S.-trained Salvadoran death squad — for speaking out on behalf of the oppressed. (V)

“The False Self and Excessive Identification with the U.S.A., drew from developmental psychology, explaining that all of us reside somewhere on a continuum from a fully authentic self to a completely false self.” (V)


The following was written by Ron Suskind, who was quoting an unidentified aide to President Bush, later attributed to Karl Rove;

“The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” … “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

The New York Times Magazine
October 17, 2004, “Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush” (V)


“Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.”

Rebuilding American’s Defenses Report, by Project for the New American Century (Page 51) (V)


“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false”
William Casey – CIA Director

Quote was recorded by Barbara Honegger, @ meeting of President Reagen’s Cabinet in Feb of 1981 (V)


To quote former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, “There is surely something odd about the world’s greatest power being the world’s greatest debtor.”


“I think our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. …I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends, you know. …I think they’re all insane. But I am liable to be put away as insane for expressing that, you know. That’s what is insane about it. I mean, don’t you agree?”

John Lennon (Paraphrased from an interview with Peter Lewis, June 6th, 1968) (V)


The Great Dictator Speech

I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black men, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others’ happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge as made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all.

Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say “Do not despair.” The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder! Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men—machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have a love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.

Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it’s written “the kingdom of God is within man”, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power.

Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill their promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

The Great Dictator (1940) (Written, directed, and starring Charles Chaplin) (V)



If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

‘If’ –  by Rudyard Kipling (1st published in Rewards and Fairies, 1910) (V)


Rosenbaum, alluding to the Devil’s ultimate weapon of death, asks, “When you’re on stage, do you feel the illusion that death can’t get you?” Dylan replies: “Death can’t get you at all. Death’s not here to get anybody. It’s the appearance of the Devil, and the Devil is a coward, so knowledge will overcome that.” When asked to expand on what he has said, Dylan explained: “The Devil is everything false. The Devil will go as deep as you let the Devil go. You can leave yourself open to that. If you understand what that whole scene is about, you can easily step aside. But if you want the confrontation to being with, well, there’s plenty of it. But then again, if you believe you have a purpose and a mission, and not much time to carry it out, you don’t bother about those things.”

Astutely observing that Dylan in some way relating his own “purpose and mission” to the work of the Devil, Rosenbaum pursuingly asks: “Do you think you have a purpose and a mission?” When Dylan answers, “Obviously,” the question is asked, “What is it?” Dylan replied: “Henry Miller said it: The role of an artist is to inoculate the world with disillusionment.”

Ron Rosenbaum, “Playboy Interview:  Bob Dylan.” Playboy, March, 1978 (V)


Ed Bradley: …you’re still out here doing these songs you know, you’re still on tour
Bob Dylan: I do but I don’t take it for granted
EB: Why do you still do it, why are you still out here?

BD: Well it goes back to the destiny thing , you know I made a d.. bargain with it you know… long time ago, and I’m um holding up my end
EB: What was your bargain?
BD: To get where umm, I am now
EB: Should I ask who you made the bargain with?
BD: With with with with you know the chief, the chief commander
EB: On this earth?
BD: In this earth and in the world we can’t see

60 Minutes (Originally aired Dec 5, 2004) (V)


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