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Adventures in Aphorism

Men need food to survive.  Men need myths for the same reason.  Why then do we say that the myths are untrue?

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Some people say that nations are defined by their shared ideals.  Are you descended from ideals or people?  Some people say that soil is unimportant to who we are.  On what other ground do they live?

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Almost everyone likes “religious moderates.”  They are pleasant, reassuring, non-combative.  Far fewer people like clumsy surgeons or inattentive parents.

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If it is people who do not learn from history who are doomed to repeat it, is this why only people ignorant of history think that history repeats itself?

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The 20th century was the great century of man’s emancipation.  The 20th century was the century of more servility than at any other time in human history.  The one is the reason for the other.

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Even if History has a direction, what is to stop us from going in a different direction?  History?  But it has its own navigating to do and cannot be worried about us.

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If every man wishes to be free, why have so few been free?  If every man wishes to be happy, why this deep sorrow?

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It has been said that no man is an island.  But even the islands are connected to the mainland beneath the surface of the seas and are formed by the movements of the whole earth.  So perhaps every man is an island.

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Democracy, at least nominally, gives the people power, but each time this happens they give it away to someone else.  Likewise, when the people are given freedom, they strive mightily to be rid of it.  What have these ingrates ever given in exchange?

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When men kill their king, whom they can see, will it be long before they start ignoring their God, Whom they cannot?

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about the author

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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