There could be no greater irony: for all the sublimity of art, physics, music, mathematics and other manifestations of human genius, everything depends on the mundane, frustrating, often debased vocation known as politics
—Charles Krauthammer (Things That Matter)
We die to each other daily.
What we know of other people
Is only our memory of the moments
During which we knew them. And they have changed since then.
To pretend that they and we are the same
Is a useful and convenient social convention
Which must sometimes broken. We must also remember
That at every meeting we are meeting a stranger.
—T.S. Eliot, The Cocktail Party (via bookmania)
“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”-T.S. Eliot
Unfortunately, when American activist groups shut down child labor sweatshops overseas, the children turn to much worse jobs such as prostitution, unregistered/undocumented work in factories and much dangerous agricultural work. By shutting these sweatshops down to help the children, they actually hurt them.
Child labor in sweatshops is grotesque, but we must think of the alternatives and cost of our actions before we let our emotions unintentionally harm the very children we try to help.
The wise man shows his wisdom in separation, in gradation, and his scale of creatures and of merits is as wide as nature. The foolish have no range in their scale, but suppose every man is as every other man.
Ultimately to say that people all share the same hopes and fears, are all born and love and suffer and die alike, is to say very little.
My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don’t know.
— Sherlock Holmes, The Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (via canonholmesftw)
Everything in this world is relative, my dear Watson.
— Sherlock Holmes, The Dying Detective by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (via canonholmesftw)