Wednesday, October 12, 2005

pinions of buddy don: party above cuntry

tiz a story as ole as the greeks n probly older, witch thats whar folks putts thar party abuve thar cuntry. back in 427 bc, a historyun name of thucydides writ a histry of the times follerin the peloponeeshun war. heres whut he writ on that topick, witch ye kin read the hole thang here:
10.36 The cause of all these evils was the lust for power arising from greed and ambition; and from these passions proceeded the violence of parties once engaged in contention. The leaders in the cities, each provided with the fairest professions, on the one side with the cry of political equality of the people, on the other of a moderate aristocracy, sought prizes for themselves in those public interests which they pretended to cherish, and, recoiling from no means in their struggles for ascendancy engaged in the direst excesses; in their acts of vengeance they went to even greater lengths, not stopping at what justice or the good of the state demanded, but making the party caprice of the moment their only standard, and invoking with equal readiness the condemnation of an unjust verdict or the authority of the strong arm to glut the animosities of the hour. Thus religion was in honour with neither party; but the use of fair phrases to arrive at guilty ends was in high reputation. Meanwhile the moderate part of the citizens perished between the two, either for not joining in the quarrel, or because envy would not suffer them to escape.
a lil earlier in the same histry, thucydides splains how tiz ever the same:
The sufferings which revolution entailed upon the cities were many and terrible, such as have occurred and always will occur, as long as the nature of mankind remains the same; though in a severer or milder form, and varying in their symptoms, according to the variety of the particular cases.
so whut ye a'gone do bout all them ills? how bout a lil bloggin as therpy?

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