Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Risks of A Strenuous Social Life

"Our busy life, our manner of dress, with all its attending demands are causing havoc with the health of women who are under its terrible strain. The number of women undergoing operations in our public and private hospitals from day to day bears witness to the ravages of the strenuous social life and mute testimony of the neglect of the laws of nature.

"The conduct and health of our women represents the life of our nation; individually, in a measure at least, health governs the happiness of the home.

"All a woman has to do in this world is contained within the duties of a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother.

"But how many girls grow to womanhood untaught; enter wifehood in ignorance, and assume motherhood wholly inprepared for the duties that are thrust upon her?

"Above all things, parents of young ladies should remember that HEALTH is more important than high grades in school. Do not offer prizes for high marks and otherwise add to the pressure of the present school system. Relieve her of worry, do not add to it."

From Mother's Remedies: Over One Thousand Tried and Tested Remedies from Mothers of the United States and Canada (1917) Offered for sale by Chewybooks as of September 12, 2010.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Yes, we are barbarians.

"Damn your economic science...bring me money. I don't care how you get it. The masses shall be eternally disenfranchised...they are fools, donkeys and sterile old men..Our aim is to appeal to their baser instincts.

I am freeing man from the restraints of intelligence...from the dirty and degraded self-mortifications called conscience and morality...the world can be ruled by only fear...We are above clinging to the old bourgeois notions of honor and reputation. We have no time for fine will be unbelieveably bloody and grim.

Yes, we are barbarians...we may fail, but if we do, we shall drag the world down with us...a world in flames."

---Adolf Hitler, to his associates at Berchtesgaden, via the testimony of Dr. Hermann Rauschning, History of World War II, Francis Trevelyan Miller, Armed Services Memorial Edition, 1945

Sobering enough, but more so considering at time of publication we were just comprehending how narrow our escape actually was.

Will our grandchildren be able to say the same in 2075?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

From One Heretic To Another

"I was born a heretic. I always distrusted people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows."

— Susan B. Anthony


From Middle English heretik, from Old French heretique, from Late Latin haereticus, from Greek hairetikos, able to choose, factious, from hairetos, chosen, from haireisthai, to choose.