"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Apr 6, 2010


"I don't think you can meaningfully come to understand human progress without understanding the depths of human misery; a consideration of the human endeavor that weighs only the progress and none of those who have been progressed upon is a work of fantasy."



Ethan said...

FYI (pronounced "fyeee"), the link's broken.

Excellent line.

Jack Crow said...

Heh. Thanks for the heads up, Ethan.

That's what I get for not proofing.

Will fix.

Jack Crow said...


You know what rocked? I struggled to find the words for my intro about uncertainty. I have six or so pages of yellow legal pad, trying to flesh out a single paragraph of meaning so that I didn't violate the position I meant to explication, in the explaining of it.

And then, following a rather random rhizomatic list of other people's blogrolls, I came across this blogger, and his gem of an essay.

There was a mirror to my own thinking, unique for its perspective, but sharing a large enough set of epistemes to make our experiences communicable.

That shit rocked.

~ Jack

Jack Crow said...

Sigh: "meant to explicate"

Ethan said...

It's things like that that make me think blogging is actually worthwhile, no matter how silly it can seem sometimes.