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Droll rat, they would shoot you if they knew
Your cosmopolitan sympathies

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Books are the building blocks of civilization, for without the written word, a man knows nothing beyond what occurs during his own brief years and, perhaps, in a few tales his parents tell him. Without books, we would never have known of Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, or Hannibal. George Washington would have been forgotten and Abraham Lincoln a vague memory.

When the Saxons landed in England and discovered Roman ruins, they believed them the work of giants. For without books there is no history; without books there could be no Greece, no Rome, no Babylon, and no Egypt. The pyramids would stand, and the Parthenon and many scattered ruins would slowly fall before the years. Not understanding what they were, man would make no effort to preserve them.

Without books we should very likely be a still-primitive people living in the shadow of traditions that faded with years until only a blur remained, and different memories would remember the past in different ways. A parent or a teacher has only his lifetime; a good book can teach forever.

Take, for example, your own family. How much do you know of who they were, how they lived, and what they thought three or four generations ago? Usually one knows something of his grandparents, perhaps his great-grandparents, but beyond that, all that remains are names, dates, and perhaps a few places. Unless something has been written, nothing is remembered and all our past becomes a cloudy dream pierced by a few rays of light — old tax or military records, details of land transfers and the like, but nothing of who these people were.

Louis L’Amour, Education of a Wandering Man (via zerogate)

Good lord, what incredible chauvinism! The technology of literacy and the medium of the book are so valuable and can be credited with so much, but oral tradition is not so hapless nor are people so stupid!

In two generations some cyberpunk-supremacist git will write that information could not be usefully recorded or stored or retrieved before the world went online, that curiosity was but a dim and doomed ghost before search engines - and that we halfwit vanilla apes, pawing ignorantly at stained paper and clacking plastic, could not be capable of real recollection or remembrance or informed analysis, and couldn’t possibly benefit from the perspective of history nor truly exercise evidence-based thinking without exocortices crawling the worldbrain.

That said, the unlettered Germans and Celts are more mysterious than the Romans, and we only know Plato’s fear and loathing of literacy because someone later wrote his sock-puppet rants down… Let’s just celebrate less dismissively.

(vía my-ear-trumpet)

Etiquetas literacy history oral tradition oral culture orality rant chauvinism

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Anónimo preguntó: Would you describe yourself as a grower or a mower?

Probably not. Thanks for your question!

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flutterknife-art:

this is the flutterknife and this is what’s pretty much going to be posted on this blog just the art I drew on the blade along with hopefully getting more knives labeling them with ponies and drawing on them so pretty much drawing on knives labeled with ponies

What the fuck is this shit.

Please stop.

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Etiquetas flutterknife

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darknessandstarlight:

I kinda miss getting dumb anonymous questions all the time. Even the really invasive personal ones were fun, in a way. These days I don’t get anything :/

They sound fun. I’d welcome a couple.

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xneck:

Have you ever seen a neck? You’re rarely more than two yards from a neck. Many of your favourite people in your life have necks! And they’re not alone: throughout history, interesting and important people have had necks. Have you ever slept with someone who has a neck? 10/10, would recommend. I was born with a neck myself, y’know. You too? Wow!

xneck:

Have you ever seen a neck? You’re rarely more than two yards from a neck. Many of your favourite people in your life have necks! And they’re not alone: throughout history, interesting and important people have had necks. Have you ever slept with someone who has a neck? 10/10, would recommend. I was born with a neck myself, y’know. You too? Wow!

Etiquetas neck nape