Selective Lucy

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Charlie Brown can’t kick field goals. As a kid, again and again, Lucy offered to hold the football for him so he could practice. Charlie Brown would run to kick, Lucy would hold the ball, then pull it away just as his foot was about to connect. Charlie Brown falls on his head, Lucy laughs at him.

Every society has its Lucy: in all endeavors. But that’s not what most characterizes Homo sapiens; No: man’s characteristic is never to recognize the importance of Lucy to the group’s mortality.

If Charlie Brown tries to explain his non-performance to the judge, the judge can always say, “Well, Lucy never pulled the football away from ME!”

And it will be true. Lucy is selective.

Charlie Brown, Lucy
thanx peanuts

The Romans didn’t crucify everybody; just everybody who threatened them.

The Church put a contract out on Luther. The Church defrocked Ivan Illich. The publishers stopped publishing his books: didn’t even keep best-selling Deschooling Society in print. Extant copies disappeared from libraries. …
(Oh, no: it wasn’t a conspiracy, there are no conspiracies, not in America.)

pk never got published at all. Not once has pk ever been in a group that acknowledged a single basic thing he’s said.

But the Church can produce priests like clowns from a VW. Publishers can show that zillions of books ARE in print.

And no one will ever get the point.

Or mankind would no longer be what Hamlet talked about.

2013 08 28 Reading a wonderful book on Joseph Priestley, quotes marvelous misanthropy from his friend Ben Franklin. I’ll say more in my Reading Notes.

Social Survival

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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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