A Bit of Philosophy

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They who sit peaceably by their own firesides among their friends, and in the midst of a large town, where there is nothing to fear either for their wealth or their lives, breathe fire and sword, busy themselves with wars, destructions, conflagrations, and massacres, cannot bear patiently that armies are in the field and do not meet; or, if in sight, that they do not engage; or, if they engage, that the fight was not more sanguinary, and that there were scarecely ten thousand men killed on the spot. They are sometimes so infatuated as to forget their dearest interests, their repose and security, for the sake of change, and from a liking for novelty and extraordinary events; some of them would even be satisfied with seeing the enemy at the very gates of Dijon or Corbie, with beholding chains stretched aross the streets and barricades thrown up, for the satisfaction of hearing and communicating the news.

"While each is pleasing himself, we are a credulous crowd." --Ovid

-- La Bruyere (char@cters.com), July 23, 1999


This is not philosophy. It is doublespeak.

-- Prometheus (fire@for.man), July 23, 1999.

Wow! That was umm........bad, real bad......

Nice thought though. Maybe you could try another author?

-- Mike (midwestmike_@hotmail.com), July 23, 1999.

Thanks for sharing a penetrating insight that apparently went right past a few people.

-- Lane Core Jr. (elcore@sgi.net), July 24, 1999.

Yes, that is what it is all right.

The only thing I would change is 'himself' to "themselves".

-- Will (sibola@hotmail.com), July 25, 1999.

La Bruyere: Do you like to mudwrestle?

-- King of Spain (madrid@aol.com), July 25, 1999.


Wow! You are touchy, a new name[?] and perhaps the word *themselves* and you have a wet meme! Awesome. |-)

-- Will (sibola@hotmail.com), July 25, 1999.

Well Laney says there was something in it so I can't be too critical, but my initial response was gonna be, - Geez that was shite, and are you sure you're not tenured somewhere?

-- number six (Iam_not_a_number@hotmail.com), July 25, 1999.

Not shite, it is too true. Personal bloodthirst is always high when risk is low. Ever seen a bullfight?

-- Will (sibola@hotmail.com), July 25, 1999.

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