Monday, November 18, 2013


Sir Walter Scott died in 1832. Yet his words concerning scientific exploration without a moral compass ring true today. Those involved with the issues of human cloning and embryonic stem cell research should heed his words:

“I am no great believer in the extreme degree of improvement to be derived from the advancement of science; for every pursuit of that nature tends, when pushed to a certain extent, to harden the heart and render the philosopher reckless of everything save the objects of his own pursuit; all equilibrium in the character is destroyed, and the visual nerve of the understanding is perverted by being fixed on one object exclusively.”


I saw a hit piece on Ulysses S. Grant's generalship in the New York Times. The author's assertions were completely eviscerated in the comment section. I saw this comment by someone by the name of William Turnier. I so enjoyed his comment on William T. Sherman I had to share it:

"Sherman gets flak from too many Southerners for killing their great- grandfather's pigs and burning the barn so that great granddaddy would not have to be killed in some unnecessary battle fought to preserve a system of wealth based on human chattel. I have never understood this way of thinking. Had the hogs not died and the barn not been burned, great grandpa likely not have been around to provide the offspring from which they descend. Basically Sherman's laying waste to the productive capacity of the South let its people live so that they could produce subsequent generations who could lament the loss of livestock and barns."