"...to rescue humanity from being sunken in what is self-indulgent, banal, and trivial, and to raise people’s eyes to the stars; as if we had quite forgotten splendor and magnificence, and were on the verge of finding satisfaction, like worms, in moist dirt."
PHENOMENOLOGY OF SPIRIT (1806) G.W.F.Hegel
[I secularized the quote a little, and oriented it to the 'real' world a teeny bit. I'm not Anti-worm, as a vegan I eschew a Diet of Worms!]
"When coffee was over, Colonel Fitzwilliam reminded Elizabeth of having promised to play to him; and she sat down directly to the instrument. He drew a chair near her. Lady Catherine listened to half a song, and then talked, as before, to her other nephew; till the latter walked away from her, and moving with his usual deliberation towards the piano forte, stationed himself so as to command a full view of the fair performer's countenance. Elizabeth saw what he was doing, and at the first convenient pause, turned to him with an arch smile, and said,
``You mean to frighten me, Mr. Darcy, by coming in all this state to hear me? But I will not be alarmed though your sister does play so well. There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me.''
``I shall not say that you are mistaken,'' he replied, ``because you could not really believe me to entertain any design of alarming you; and I have had the pleasure of your acquaintance long enough to know, that you find great enjoyment in occasionally professing opinions which in fact are not your own.''
Elizabeth laughed heartily at this picture of herself, and said to Colonel Fitzwilliam, ``Your cousin will give you a very pretty notion of me, and teach you not to believe a word I say. I am particularly unlucky in meeting with a person so well able to expose my real character, in a part of the world where I had hoped to pass myself off with some degree of credit. Indeed, Mr. Darcy, it is very ungenerous in you to mention all that you knew to my disadvantage in Hertfordshire -- and, give me leave to say, very impolitic too -- for it is provoking me to retaliate, and such things may come out, as will shock your relations to hear.''
``I am not afraid of you,'' said he, smilingly.
``Pray let me hear what you have to accuse him of,'' cried Colonel Fitzwilliam. ``I should like to know how he behaves among strangers.''
``You shall hear then -- but prepare yourself for something very dreadful. The first time of my ever seeing him in Hertfordshire, you must know, was at a ball -- and at this ball, what do you think he did? He danced only four dances! I am sorry to pain you -- but so it was. He danced only four dances, though gentlemen were scarce; and, to my certain knowledge, more than one young lady was sitting down in want of a partner. Mr. Darcy, you cannot deny the fact.''
``I had not at that time the honour of knowing any lady in the assembly beyond my own party.''
``True; and nobody can ever be introduced in a ball room. Well, Colonel Fitzwilliam, what do I play next? My fingers wait your orders.''
``Perhaps,'' said Darcy, ``I should have judged better, had I sought an introduction, but I am ill qualified to recommend myself to strangers.''
``Shall we ask your cousin the reason of this?'' said Elizabeth, still addressing Colonel Fitzwilliam. ``Shall we ask him why a man of sense and education, and who has lived in the world, is ill qualified to recommend himself to strangers?''
``I can answer your question,'' said Fitzwilliam, ``without applying to him. It is because he will not give himself the trouble.''
``I certainly have not the talent which some people possess,'' said Darcy, ``of conversing easily with those I have never seen before. I cannot catch their tone of conversation, or appear interested in their concerns, as I often see done.''
``My fingers,'' said Elizabeth, ``do not move over this instrument in the masterly manner which I see so many women's do. They have not the same force or rapidity, and do not produce the same expression. But then I have always supposed it to be my own fault -- because I would not take the trouble of practising. It is not that I do not believe my fingers as capable as any other woman's of superior execution.''
Darcy smiled, and said, ``You are perfectly right. You have employed your time much better. No one admitted to the privilege of hearing you, can think any thing wanting. We neither of us perform to strangers.'' " PnP Chap. XXXI
". . . Capital is not a thing, but rather a definite social production relation, belonging to a definite historical formation of society, which is manifested in a thing and lends this thing a specific social character. Capital is not the sum of the material and produced means of production. Capital is rather the means of production transformed into capital, which in themselves are no more capital than gold or silver in itself is money. It is the means of production monopolised by a certain section of society, confronting living labour-power as products and working conditions rendered independent of this very labour-power, which are personified through this antithesis in capital." vol 3, ch48
Vs republicans, i.e. New World Order Lite Vs New World Order Classic,
bigger pillows and more leg room with the light version, but the
destination is the same.
Curious how much faith there is in religion and so little in people!
“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own
way.” ― Anna Karenina
I don't know if this is true, but it is certainly a very memorable
opening sentence! Are the varieties of social discord more numerous than
those of harmony? Perhaps generally evil comes in more flavors than
good? Though one might say evil in it's essence like goodness is
singular, that would mean evil simply has more masks from which to
choose. Perhaps underneath all those guises is the absence of love?
(Flash! This just in : "Iowa college says squirrel vandalized bicycle" More on this developing story:
"ESTHERVILLE, Iowa | A squirrel roaming a community college in northern Iowa has become the No. 1 suspect in a vandalized bicycle incident.
Officials at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville say the rodent chewed through two tires, a bicycle seat, a headlight and a taillight in the span of two days beginning Wednesday.
The bicycle owner, an associate math professor, reported the incidents to Estherville police. Another professor later came forward with a photo that shows the squirrel attacking the bike.
A school spokeswoman says the photo helps solve the mystery of how the bicycle was vandalized without witnesses seeing a suspect.
The professor has since parked his bicycle indoors."
[ http://www.westplainsdailyquill.net/features/people/article_7c5a7e08-40dc-11e3-9666-001a4bcf6878.html ]
Concerned citizens are asking whether it was a lone chewer, or whether other chewers may've been involved. Until a conspiracy has been ruled out members of the community are asked to stay indoors and report any suspicious chewing to the local authorities. The town is under Martial Law Lock Down from dusk to dawn. ESTHERVILLE residents have been ordered not to chew during the course of the investigation and to rely on Hamburger smoothies, steak shakes, Chicken slurpies, or fish floats. Oster Corp. has donated 5,000 blenders during the crisis to the besieged citizens of ESTHERVILLE. Chewing experts from FBI headquarters in Quantico Virgina have been called in. Initial investigations indicate some of the chewing was accomplished with untraceable dentures, which authorities say may prevent us from ever knowing the actual number of chewers involved.
The professor photographing the incident, and allegedly inciting the squirrel, has been arrested as an accessory after the fact, and for contributing to the delinquency of a squirrel! At this time it is not known whether the pair were in cahoots, alternately taking turns chewing the bicycle and photographing one another. So far the 2 have only been charged with class 1 felony chewing. The camera has been seized and is undergoing forensic examination for incriminating or exculpatory evidence. Further charges may be invoked if it can be established that this act was part of a broader conspiracy involving clandestine services of a foreign power.
Neo-con terrorism expert Moshe Zi Nizt from the Brookings Institute maintain that this incident has all the hallmarks of North Korean terrorism! He argues that Homeland Security should be called in immediately and that N. Korea should be bummed with tactical Chicken McNugget Mix, anti-personnel Bubble Gum, and conventional Pepsi for retaliation. Those Reds will finally be wiped off the face of the planet with SAD. [SAD = Standard American Diet] Also N. Korean Premiere Kim Jong should have his Xbox account deleted by Micro$oft and Zappos should cancel all of his orders for Elvis Platform shoes. He must be taught a lesson, America doesn't kid around! N. Korea obviously thought that by using chewing as a means of terrorism their connection to the incident would be obscured. We in America are not so stupid! Their objective was obviously to prevent the math professor from reaching class by destroying his tires, or failing that to cause hemorrhoids in the unsuspecting teacher by the friction of an IRREGULAR seat. Imagine Koreans trying to undermine the sanctity of American Mathematics and destroy the U.S. scientific edge in the world! I'm truly appalled! Can it really be that the Koreans are unaware that we in the USA have massive stock PILES of Preparation H! Yankee ingenuity does it again!