Monthly Archives: January 2013

Inaugural and lesser political speeches…

“I am ashamed to describe the speeches of today, the mincing accents in which they are delivered, and the puerile applause they receive.” — Pliny, Letters, Books I-VII, The Loeb Classical Library (LCL 55), Edited by Jeffrey Henderson, Page 129, … Continue reading

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An Historical Observation

“A sense of proportion is a mark of human maturity: and the quality of maturity involves the deepening of the range of imagination.  Precisely this capacity is endangered by the now fashionable drug- and other sense-hallucinatory practices, reflecting as these … Continue reading

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2,000 years of experience does not preclude the current Administration from…

“…constantly contriving some scheme apparently calculated to benefit the populace for the moment, but perfectly sure to ruin everyone at the end.” — Polybius, The Histories, Volume V, The Loeb Classical Library (LCL 160), Book XX, Page219, year 1999.

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On Medicine, Medical Practitioners, and Advancements in Medicine

“For, medicine being a compendium of the successive and contradictory mistakes of medical practitioners, when we summon the wisest of them to our aid the chances are that we may be relying on a scientific truth the error of which … Continue reading

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Musings on Human Orientations

“…Justice is not, as Ortega [y Gasset] put it, “an instinct but a specifically human creation ―like literature.  In both, the most important factor is imagination… “The sexual instinct…in man…is almost always found to be indissolubly united, at least, with … Continue reading

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Hanky Panky in the ‘Ville’ – An Extract from Punchy Company

“I knew a field grade officer, assigned to HHC, I Corps (GP), who dug himself a hole so deep that he fell in and never got out.  Like so many others, he’d taken to revelry in The Ville, but unlike … Continue reading

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Thought from a noted psychiatrist…

“It is customary to define psychiatry as a medical specialty concerned with the study, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness. This is a worthless and misleading definition. Mental illness is a myth. Psychiatrists are not concerned with mental illnesses and … Continue reading

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