We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.
“…we became accustomed to being measured by nature itself–an unwaveringly fair and consistent, albeit unforgiving, judge. Today, in contrast, we are often judged by humans–with all the vagaries, special agendas, and inconsistencies that entails.”
Augustine was discussing scientists and engineers, but the “we” applies as it usually does. You can substitute “computers”, or “economic principles”, or any of a number of other things for “nature” in the previous quote. We are always judging and being judged, and it happens so quickly that there isn’t time to consult a book or research the situation as it happens.
books I haven’t written:
Biblical name meaning “more desirable.” Also variant of Old German name meaning “renowned in battle.” Variant, Lo, exists.
The problem with my cat, Lestat, is that he remembers my promise, and wants to collect. When he was a tiny kitten, still sleeping in my boots, I promised to give him a million kisses.
(They say pets and their humans grow to resemble each other.)
Where can I get some tablets?