Would you rather live in a 1000 square foot house where everyone else’s was 800, or a 1200 square foot house where everyone else’s was 1400?
One afternoon a crowd in the Bois de Boulogne gawked at an eagle wheeling high in the sky, and debated its significance. Was this a bronze symbol of Napoleon, or the family bird of the Hohenzollerns? Instead of either it proved to be a vulture, escaped from a zoo.
Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War
Good historians know they are creating literature, not publishing scientific papers. The best historians do this with a sense of irony and mordant wit that must not be mistaken for comedy or satire.
You cannot hope
to bribe or twist,
thank God! the
But, seeing what
the man will do
no occasion to.
At this point General Kluyev’s cup of endurance ran over. “To avoid useless bloodshed,” the commander of the two center corps ordered the white flag to be raised–when he had twenty batteries of guns, still intact, after being dragged halfway around Prussia, against only eight German batteries, and when his tens of thousands of men dispersed through the forest were faced in this sector by not more than six German battalions.
“To avoid bloodshed”–golden words. Every human action can be disguised with a coating of gilt. “To avoid bloodshed” sounds noble and humane; who could argue with that? One might perhaps raise the objection that the truly farsighted way of avoiding bloodshed would have been not to become a general.
However, it turned out that there was no white flag; they were not, after all issued to units in the Table of Equipment along with the regimental color
-Solzhenitsyn, August 1914, from the Siris blog
Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.
There is no formula for Christian life – extremes are corrupt, and the middle ground is slippery.
-thus Bruce Charlton.
Without higher consciousness the universe is nothing but worms in an infinite gut.
–Thus James Lileks
The rule of law, in complex times,
Has proved itself deficient.
We much prefer the rule of men!
It’s vastly more efficient.
– Thus R.W. Grant
Only under the rule of men is it possible to find new ways to motivate Death Star construction crews.