It is comparable, perhaps, to climbing a smallish mountain before and after your day's work. On a Sunday, for instance, a mine seems almost peaceful. You do not notice the effect of this till you have gone a few hundred yards. He was breathing very rhythmically with long rattling gasps, his great mound of a side painfully rising and falling.
The second, that it puzzleth and perplexeth the conceits of many, that perhaps would otherwise co-operate with him; and makes a man walk almost alone, to his own ends. One man, I recall, clung to the bars of hiss cage when we went to take him out.
They have done it since childhood, they have the right muscles hardened, and they can move to and fro underground with a startling and rather horrible agility. And let no prince measure the danger of them by this, whether they be just or unjust: In time of revolution the miner must go on working or the revolution must stop, for revolution as much as reaction needs coal.
Though all things have flowed to him according to his prayer, though even before his prayer, nevertheless the gods have passed an adverse judgement upon him. Nails pierce his skin, and wherever he rests his wearied body he lies upon a wound; his eyes are stark in eternal sleeplessness. Men have fought for hunting grounds, for supplies which are locally limited and may be monopolized, for commerce, for slaves, and probably also for human flesh.
The standing is slippery, and the regress is either a downfall, or at least an eclipse, which is a melancholy thing. It was great blasphemy, when the devil said, I will ascend and be like the Highest; but it is greater blasphemy, to personate God, and bring him in saying, I will descend, and be like the prince of darkness; and what is it better, to make the cause of religion to descend, to the cruel and execrable actions of murthering princes, butchery of people, and subversion of states and governments?
When we had bathed our own clothes were taken away from us, and we were dressed in the workhouse shirts, grey cotton things like nightshirts, reaching to the middle of the thigh.
For there be that in their nature do not affect the good of others. The group may consist, as it does amongst Australians and Bushmen, of a man with one or possibly two wives and their children, or it may have a few more members, or it may be a village group as in New Guinea, or a tribe or part of a tribe as amongst our own Indians.
Therefore it is ill in counsel, good in execution; so that the right use of bold persons is, that they never command in chief, but be seconds, and under the direction of others.
Most of the tramps spent ten consecutive hours in this dreary room. I have come to think that boredom is the worst of all a tramp's evils, worse than hunger and discomfort, worse even than the constant feeling of being socially disgraced.
And, to say truth, in nature it is much a like matter; insomuch that we see a nephew sometimes resembleth an uncle, or a kinsman, more than his own parent; as the blood happens.
When you crawl out at the bottom you are perhaps four hundred yards underground. Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not; but superstition dismounts all these, and erecteth an absolute monarchy, in the minds of men.
Such a peace-group is only an ideal for all who profess the same religion; in most of the great religions down to the seventeenth century, dissenters or heretics were always treated with great severity, because it was thought that they would bring down the wrath of the ghost or the god not only on themselves but also on the whole community.
Their own fathers call upon them to endure bravely the blows of the whip, and ask them, though mangled and half-dead, to keep offering their wounded bodies to further wounds.
The prisoner, in the grasp of the two warders, looked on incuriously, as though this was another formality of the hanging. As for the job I was doing, I hated it more bitterly than I can perhaps make clear. Among the many fine sayings of one friend Demetrius there is this one, which I have just heard; it still rings in my ears.
The Mohaves and the Seri of southern California will have no relations of marriage or trade with any other people; they think themselves superior. For it is the condition of his rule that he shall spend his life in trying to impress the "natives," and so in every crisis he has got to do what the "natives" expect of him.
If by greater culture a higher organization becomes possible, two groups coalesce by intermarriage or conquest, competition gives way to combination again, and the bigger unit enters into competition with other composite units. And it is generally the pampered and prosperous who indulge in them; for if a man is pressed by worse ills, he has not time to notice such things.
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