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Interesting Reading

Discussion in 'Legal' started by charler2, Aug 1, 2004.

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  1. charler2

    charler2 Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    I just finished Hunter S. Thompson's book on the '72 election, and this piece was included toward the end. I think it's just as applicable then as it is now...


    That public men publish falsehoods
    Is nothing new. That America must accept
    Like the historical republics corruption and empire
    Has been known for years.

    Be angry at the sun for setting
    If these things anger you. Watch the wheel slope
    and turn,
    They are bound on the wheel, these people,
    those warriors.
    This republic, Europe, Asia.

    Observe them gesticulating,
    Observe them going down. The gang serves lies,
    the passionate
    Man plays his part; the cold passion for truth
    Hunts in no pack.

    You are not Catullus, you know,
    To lampoon these crude sketches of Caesar. You
    are far
    From Dante's feet, but even further from his dirty
    Political hatreds.

    Let boys want pleasure, and men
    Struggle for power, and women perhaps for fame,
    And the servile to serve and a Leader for the dupes
    to be duped.
    Yours is not theirs.

    --Robinson Jeffers
  2. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

    Jan 1, 2003
    SouthEast PA
    It is sometimes asked whether it is better to live in the ascent or descent of a society. I used to flippantly answer that living during the ascent was nobler, and living during the descent was more fun.

    Then I realized that the era of one's life is an entirely arbitary thing, and one deals with the world as one finds it.
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