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Well, I’m writing again today. I’m not really lingering on my great-grandfather’s death – I’m just picturing him on the other side, having a grand old time with Franklin D. Roosevelt – the greatest man ever born, as far as my Grampa was concerned.

I’ll be attending his funeral, and visiting with family later in the week, so my writing will be sporadic, at best. Still, I’ve got to pen (type, actually) something for today.

I can’t talk about the Oscars – not wholly because I didn’t watch them, but because Nick and I try to keep our subject matter diverse.

 

I’m rather preoccupied with a large essay I’m writing, concerned with the crisis faced by the oceans and the fishing industry. I’ll probably publish it here when I complete it, as well as anywhere I can. I’ve been reading quite a bit of material on the subject, and it’s distressing me greatly.

 

Herewith having filled about one half of my post, I’ll now try to say something of merit.

 

I read an interesting quote a few days ago. I’m not sure who to attribute it to, but whoever realized it was a wise person.

We’re all familiar with the adages “Knowledge is Power” and “Power Corrupts” – both have been in numerous movies, books and other media tidbits.

Well, pair them up. If knowledge is Power and Power Corrupts, shouldn’t we all try to remain stupid?

Now, let’s analyze this obvious contradiction of our principles.

Knowledge is Power – true, right? Well, if one has a vast store of knowledge, theoretically anything can be accomplished, if you know how. Being able to do more stuff gives you power – manipulation is much easier if you are smart enough to handle people.

Power corrupts. This is harder, and probably where the inconsistency can be found. True, power often corrupts – but there are just as many examples of good people staying good when they gain power.

This is not to say that people don’t change when they attain power.

 

Anyways, mull this over, and let me know what you think. I seem to have filled my post well enough, although its not the easiest jumble to comprehend.

Oh well. I have other stuff to do.

 

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Written by Ethan

February 26, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Note to my Readers

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Well, I hoped I wouldn’t have to say it so soon, but I’m being forced. I’m taking a break – but only for the weekend. I’ll be back on Monday with something witty and scholarly to occupy your time. Meanwhile, please contemplate the writing of my co-author, Nicholas.

 

You may (or may not) have noticed that “The Weekly Adage” has been changed to “The Sporadic Quote”. This is because we don’t want to be bound to update it on a concrete basis, and would rather leave some quotes up longer than others. We have an archive of past quotes that hopefully will be available here soon; in the mean time, if you want to find one you saw here previously, don’t hesitate to ask!

 

On a closing note, my copy of Stephen Colbert’s book “I Am America (And You Can, Too!)” has been delayed, so the review I had planned of writing has been postponed. It will be posted relatively soon, however, because I’d never break a promise.

Until Monday –

Written by Ethan

February 21, 2008 at 2:56 pm