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  •  LaPlace vice LaGrange (1+ / 0-)
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    I never could keep those two guys straight.

    While we are discussing morbid topics on a Saturday evening, you bring to mind Bertrand Russell's chicken:

    Domestic animals expect food when they see the person who feeds them. We know that all these rather crude expectations of uniformity are liable to be misleading. The man who has fed the chicken every day throughout its life at last wrings its neck instead, showing that more refined views as to the uniformity of nature would have been useful to the chicken.
    In a similar vein, few people think of themselves as candidates for suicide but sometimes it does catch up with you.

    The moment you pick up the clay you become a demiurge, and he who embarks on the creation of worlds is already tainted with corruption and evil. (-8.7,-9.3)

    by Dom Segundo on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 10:46:45 PM PST

    •  Bertrand Russell (1+ / 0-)
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      Reference Dom Segundo Sombra by Guiraldes I presume, one of my favorite books, little else like it.

      Benjamin Franklin has an essay, which I read in the American Writers series of American Book Company, in which he maintains that most deaths are suicides. Ben, and Jefferson, and Adams, may have met LaPlace in Paris, don't know. The years are right for a meeting.

      Bertie Russell wears well. Good quote.

      Unfortunately, Franklin's idea is probably taking place daily for, among others, old people looking to face years in a nursing home supervised by ill-educated workers paid minimum wage, surrounded by their age peers who have spent decades watching dumb television. Grayson's "the Republicans want old people to die" seemed true enough to me.  Suicide takes many forms.

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

      •  Two Thumbs Up (0+ / 0-)

        Thanks for the thought provoking diary, provoked in its own right by the diary on idiot anti-vaxxers.  The DTP vaccine and its decendents have long been a personal hobbyhorse.

        I love Argentina, have visited San Antonio several times, and would really like to retire to Cordoba should the timing work out - I find life there to be more civilised than in BsAs.  Rosario?  Meh.  

        You are surely correct about Franklin, sometimes people just grow weary of life.  My grandfather devoted his later years to caring for his beloved wife, and he survived her by only six months.  I believe that he died, literally, from having no purpose to go on living.

         

        The moment you pick up the clay you become a demiurge, and he who embarks on the creation of worlds is already tainted with corruption and evil. (-8.7,-9.3)

        by Dom Segundo on Sun Nov 17, 2013 at 12:12:13 AM PST

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