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Experience

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Experience is a dim lamp, which only lights the one who bears it.  Louis-Ferdinand Celine

Louis-Ferdinand Céline ([selin]) was the pen name of Dr. Louis Ferdinand Auguste Destouches ( 27 May 1894 – 1 July 1961), a French novelist,pamphleteer and physician. The name Céline was the first name of his grandmother. He developed a new style of writing that modernized French literature.  However, Céline’s vocal support for the Axis powers during the Second World War and his authorship of some explicitly anti-Jewish pamphlets, has meant that his legacy as a cultural icon is not without controversy.

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Looks like a nice guy but a raging bigot.  

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Independence

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If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.  Henry Ford

Born on July 30, 1863, near Dearborn, Michigan, Henry Ford created the Ford Model T car in 1908 and went on to develop the assembly line mode of production, which revolutionized the industry. As a result, Ford sold millions of cars and became a world-famous company head. The company lost its market dominance but had a lasting impact on other technological development and U.S. infrastructure.

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Encroachment

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Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent…The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.   Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

Louis Dembitz Brandeis was an American lawyer and associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1916 to 1939. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Jewish immigrant parents from Bohemia, who raised him in a secular home.  November 13, 1856 – October 5, 1941

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Experience – Speech

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From the movie Contact.

The skeptical scientist Dr. Ellie Arroway, played by Jodie Foster, researches extraterrestrial life with her team in Puerto Rico. When David Drumlin shuts-down the project, Ellie seeks for private funds to reopen her research in New Mexico. An anonymous millionaire provides the necessary funds and Ellie proceeds with her work. Four years later, she is contacted by alien forms from Vega that send a coded message. The millionaire S.R. Hadden that is financing the research deciphers the message and gives to Ellie the design of an intriguing machine. Ellie concludes that the equipment might be to transport a passenger to Vega. Now she needs to convince a commission formed by military, politicians, scientists and religious leaders that she is the best candidate for the journey.

Ellie Arroway: Because I can’t. I… had an experience… I can’t prove it, I can’t even explain it, but everything that I know as a human being, everything that I am tells me that it was real! I was given something wonderful, something that changed me forever… A vision… of the universe, that tells us, undeniably, how tiny, and insignificant and how… rare, and precious we all are! A vision that tells us that we belong to something that is greater then ourselves, that we are *not*, that none of us are alone! I wish… I… could share that… I wish, that everyone, if only for one… moment, could feel… that awe, and humility, and hope. But… That continues to be my wish.

The remark made throughout the movie by different characters that if humans were the only life in the universe it would “be a terrible waste of space” is a famous quote by author Carl Sagan who wrote this story.

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