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The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
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Which is why I am always stupefied at the ardent fervor, passion, and excitement people invest in politics and the election of these "commonplace minds."
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I think it has more to do with choosing the best out of worst, and through that, mitigate the damage. But yes, stupefying indeed.
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Part of the problem in the 21st century is that these people "open their mouths and put their foot in it". They do not consider properly before they say something. A stupid remark about international politics made on Twitter by someone prominent in sport for instance, is given far too much weight.
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Perhaps my previous comment was a little off the mark but prominent sports people are often promoted to high office. I find much of Thomas Hardy's writing rather depressing, particularly "The Mayor of Casterbridge". In his novels many people like the Mayor, in not so high an office, make very stupid pronouncements and decisions which adversely affect the lives of themselves and those around them.
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To my commonplace mind, only wars and its results fully fit the description…
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If that so, why are people carrying out and follow the decision? Don't just blame the person on the top!
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The Treaty of Versailles comes to mind for some reason.

All good ideas arrive by chance- Max Ernst
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any mind at a "critical moment"
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Yes.. agreed... I think the quotation ought to have been:

"EVEN an offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment, CAN influence the course of events for a hundred years"

n'est pas?

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Thomas Hardy
1840–1928
Thomas Hardy
One of the most renowned poets and novelists in English literary history, Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 in the English village of Higher Bockhampton in the county of Dorset. He died in 1928 at Max Gate, a house he built for himself and his first wife, Emma Lavinia Gifford, in Dorchester, a few miles from his birthplace. Hardy’s youth was influenced by the musicality of his father, a stonemason and fiddler, and his mother, Jemima Hand Hardy, often described as the real guiding star of Hardy’s early life. Though he was an architectural apprentice in London, and spent time there each year until his late 70s, Dorset provided Hardy with material for his fiction and poetry. One of the poorest and most backward of the counties, rural life in Dorset had changed little in hundreds of years, which Hardy explored through the rustic characters in many of his novels. Strongly identifying himself and his work with Dorset, Hardy saw himself as a successor to the Dorset dialect poet William Barnes, who had been a friend and mentor. Moreover, Hardy called his novels the Wessex Novels, after one of the kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon Britain. He provided a map of the area, with the names of the villages and towns he coined to represent actual places.
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Daemon wrote:
The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)


It is not just commonplace mind but addict mind as well that creates a devious legal system that leaves gray areas for the lying addicts to adjust their statements to suit their positions like the pigs in Animal Farm by George Orwell. Look at all the child "protective" services laws made by sick addict minds that cheat 12 steps and create "on earth as it is in hell!" And there are many other laws that the unused-to-critical-thinking population follows and obeys with passion. ANONYMITY of all these addicts is to blame. They must not be ANONYMOUS, but openly identify themselves and knowing that they suffer from incurable greedy sickness of the mind abstain from applying and accepting high positions. All the empty talk that populates our TV, radio, media!... A lot of trash, and a very rare quality... Step down the ANONYMOUS sick and give the leadership to the healthy minds of experience and wisdom. They healthy wise people will not lie even if they were paid billions of dollars. Now what is happening: the ANONYMOUS addicts are paying people to tell lies. If we tell the truth and want to make positive changes, they pronounce us insane, and throw at us how we do not know how to communicate (because lies and fawning are the only acceptable communication for the anonymous addicts) and "mete out" limited amount of work hours so that they can oppress us by having us struggle for basic wage to work for survival while they live in luxury by telling lies and creating shameful laws/legislative system that is ossified in the cancer-bearing society of liars and the anonymous addict bosses.
Instead of taking drugs, young people need to stand up against the ANONYMOUS being navigated into high positions where godly, wise leadership is needed.
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Context from :The Early Life of Thomas Hardy, 1840-1891
By Florence Emily Hardy

CHAPTER XII - WIMBORNE AND “TWO ON A TOWER,” 1882–1883:

It must have been his experiences at these nominally social but really political parties that gave rise to the following note at the same date:

"History is rather a stream than a tree. There is nothing organic in its shape, nothing systematic in its development. It flows on like a thunderstorm-rill by a road side; now a straw turns in this way, now a tiny barrier of sand that. The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years. Consider the evenings at Lord Carnarvon's, and the intensely average conversation on politics held there by average men who two or three weeks later were members of the Cabinet. A row of shopkeepers in Oxford Street taken just as they came would conduct the affairs of the nation as ably as these.

http://ebooks.cambridge.org/ebook.jsf?bid=CBO9781139060776
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Daemon wrote:
The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)


The only consolation with the offhand decisions from high office is that their number and gravity could be far worse if
the commonplace set their poor minds to it. Like Will Rogers said:

"Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for."
Fredric-frank Myers
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OMG, this is so very true........
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Daemon wrote:
The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)


Worse yet when both the offhand decision and the critical moment originate from the same commonplace mind high in office.
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