Tolstoy has been touching on an important theme … which can be quite easily summed-up –
`You will get no peace-of-mind if you concentrate on yourself alone … peace-of-mind (or maybe even joy) can only be found in subsuming yourself with someone (or something) else`.
FT The shadow hanging over central bank control
In modern finance, money and debt have become increasingly commingled in a risky way
If I count right … this was the 46th. comment –
(try and stay awake to the end)
So many comments.
So little agreement.
Amoeba, in comments here, brings us to `the law`.
If the boy shags the girl (under-age) he is guilty `in-the-eyes-of-the-law`.
What, we ask ourselves, is the law punishing~?
The answer is impossible to really establish … but, it is something like – `the law sees that the soul of the boy is guilty for rebuffing the advice of the angel and going with `the voice of the devil`. The boy, in short, should-have-known-better.
We know, that the boy is not a `soul` and so there was no `choice` in the matter.
Circumstance had swirled the meat-and-potato blob into a place where shagging the fourteen-year-old girl was inevitable.
Let me run that one-more-time, so you don’t go off at a siding and stay there.
In-normal-language, we say that `a choice` was made. That is what we say.
But, in reality, there was no choice in the choice that was made … but we don’t readily talk this way.
A choice was made, that was no choice at all.
The boy `was in a state of inevitable action`. The boy-blob flowed into the shagging, like he flowed out of his mother’s body at birth.
This is how Tolstoy is going on –
The fifth class consisted of persons who had been far more sinned against by society than they had sinned against it. These were castaways, stupefied by continual oppression and temptation, such as the boy who had stolen the rugs, and hundreds of others whom Nekhludoff had seen in the prison and out of it. The conditions under which they lived seemed to lead on systematically to those actions which are termed crimes. A great many thieves and murderers with whom he had lately come in contact, according to Nekhludoff’s estimate, belonged to this class. To this class Nekhludoff also reckoned those depraved, demoralised creatures whom the new school of criminology classify as the criminal type, and the existence of which is considered to be the chief proof of the necessity of criminal law and punishment. This demoralised, depraved, abnormal type was, according to Nekhludoff, exactly the same as that against whom society had sinned, only here society had sinned not directly against them, but against their parents and forefathers.
This in the Guardian makes for much fun in the comments-section Telling children ‘hard work gets you to the top’ is simply a lie
First, it seems that stupid people have to `find their range` by stating some sort of `black’n’white opposite` … so … for this, they say that `telling children not to work hard (for whatever reason) is child abuse`.
Second, they want to tell their own story.
Third, they can kinda agree that getting-to-the-top will necessitate some hard-work.
Forth, they want to tell their own story of working hard.
Forth, they say that you also need `luck`.
Some say that you `make-your-luck` with hard-work. Others that luck is more important than hard work.
No one says that it is luck that you do work hard.
Tiger Woods was encouraged to play golf before he was born. Tiger Woods grew to work-ever-so-hard at playing golf.
He was `given every opportunity` to be a good golfer, but `he` had to get-up-and-work-at-it.
I think he was pretty lucky to be born as someone who can get-up-and-work-at-hitting-golf-balls-about-the-place … not everyone is~!
Some people are lucky to be born as `work-at-it` sorts … others aren’t.
I’m really not sure what this is A Neural Parametric Singing Synthesizer
but it is lucky-enough to be able to do this –
ECB QE working its way into the European economy … soon~!
I’ll write an intro … so that you don’t have to read the excerpt from Tolstoy –
Basically … nothing has changed from 19th. century Russia.
The prevailing meme is that people can choose their future, by making good choices.
The thing that is still being missed (misunderstood) is that poor people have no choice but to make bad choices.
This is still too complicated for rich people to understand.
Had some one chanced to take pity on him and given some help at the time when poverty made them send him to town, it might have been sufficient,” Nekhludoff thought, looking at the boy’s piteous face. “Or even later, when, after 12 hours’ work at the factory, he was going to the public-house, led away by his companions, had some one then come and said, ‘Don’t go, Vania; it is not right,’ he would not have gone, nor got into bad ways, and would not have done any wrong.
“But no; no one who would have taken pity on him came across this apprentice in the years he lived like a poor little animal in the town, and with his hair cut close so as not to breed vermin, and ran errands for the workmen. No, all he heard and saw, from the older workmen and his companions, since he came to live in town, was that he who cheats, drinks, swears, who gives another a thrashing, who goes on the loose, is a fine fellow. Ill, his constitution undermined by unhealthy labour, drink, and debauchery—bewildered as in a dream, knocking aimlessly about town, he gets into some sort of a shed, and takes from there some old mats, which nobody needs—and here we, all of us educated people, rich or comfortably off, meet together, dressed in good clothes and fine uniforms, in a splendid apartment, to mock this unfortunate brother of ours whom we ourselves have ruined.
“Terrible! It is difficult to say whether the cruelty or the absurdity is greater, but the one and the other seem to reach their climax.”
Nekhludoff thought all this, no longer listening to what was going on, and he was horror-struck by that which was being revealed to him. He could not understand why he had not been able to see all this before, and why others were unable to see it.
Is is causation, or correlation … It really doesn’t matter~!
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