Morris: People at that time were also accustomed to using a blade. Butchering large animals for food and awash with blood and evil smells. Using a firearm and then resorting to an edged weapon was routine. Cleaving a person open was not a whole lot different than butchering a large stockyard beast.
Isegoria: I could have sworn that passage came up when I discussed The Diamond Age a while back.
Candide III: Re Alrenous, Graham: Indeed. “[The neo-Victorians'] ability to submerge their feelings, far from pathological, was rather a kind of mystical art that gave them nearly magical power over Nature and over the more intuitive tribes. Such was also the strength of the Nipponese.”
Ivvenalis: The primary legacy of the West is technological. But we’ve been around for a long time; I think I can name a few moral innovations. Christianity: I think it’s hard to overemphasize how much of a change this is from Classical paganism. And PC cant aside, no, it’s not like other monotheistic religions either. Just for starters, the ideal Christian man is a totally different animal from the ideal pagan man. Atheism: This one might be more contentious, but I think that capital-A...
Cui Pertinebit: Read Juvenal, as well; he complains vociferously of the increasing social power and liberty of women, the prevalence of faggotry, the blithe acceptance of all kinds of barbarian races as actual freemen and property owners rather than slaves, etc., etc. Today’s liberal has to be amongst the most unwise, ignorant men ever to exist.
Mike in Boston: Here’s the first step toward the Chinese getting some of the land back, de facto. I found it especially interesting as the first real-world reflection of Jeremy Grantham’s concern with topsoil depletion.
Edgar: Duckfoot. A pistol with three barrels. Carry about three or four at a time fully loaded and you could kill or wound multiple assailants with one shot.