The Annals Say
The annals say: when the monks of Clonmacnoise
Were all at prayers inside the oratory
A ship appeared above them in the air.
The anchor dragged along behind so deep
It hooked itself into the altar rails
And then, as the big hull rocked to a standstill,
A crewman shimmied and grappled down the rope
And struggled to release it. But in vain.
‘This man can’t bear our life here and will drown,’
The abbot said, ‘unless we help him.’ So
They did, the freed ship sailed, and the man climbed back
Out of the marvellous as he had known it.
– Seamus Heaney, seen here.
I know nothing about it, but I’m for it. “If the entire political class are convinced that Scottish independence will be a disaster, then I think we can be reasonably certain it will prove a boon…”
Here’s my touchstone; if everybody on both sides of the aisle is for it, whatever it is, it will do me no good. If a large bipartisan coalition of responsible congressmen and senators is against it, whatever it is, then I’m for it.
From Luann, Seven tips to succeed in college. Seen at Chaos Manor.
The only bad advice is number seven. That’s become a waste of time.
In the town of Vanity Fair, the judge is Lord Hate-good. He instructs the jury:
“There was an act made in the days of Pharaoh the great, servant to our prince, that, lest those of a contrary religion should multiply, and grow too strong for him, their males should be thrown into the river. There was also an act made in the days of Nebuchadnezzar the great, another of his servants, that whoever would not fall down and worship his golden image, should be thrown into a fiery furnace. There was also an act made in the days of Darius, that whoso for some time called upon any God but him, should be cast into the lions’ den. Now the substance of these laws this rebel has broken, not only in thought (which is not to be borne) but also in word and deed; which must, therefore, needs be intolerable.” — Faithful’s martyrdom at Vanity Fair, from Pligrim’s Progress
Christians will be on the wrong side of the line. If any are not, the line will be moved to put them there. That’s how things are; and really, it’s nothing to worry about.
Here’s a thoughtful reasoned post suggesting that SSRIs (e.g. Prozac) are more dangerous than alcohol as a treatment for depression, simply because alcohol is “a known quantity with a track record and a properly balanced social infrastructure.”