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Daemon
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I describe not men, but manners; not an individual, but a species.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)
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I describe not men, but manners; not an individual, but a species.

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What's vice today may be virtue, tomorrow.




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Context from: Joseph Andrews

Book III

CHAPTER I. _Matter prefatory in praise of biography._


Beyond the realms of Chaos and old Night

I shall now proceed to apply these observations to the work before us;
for indeed I have set them down principally to obviate some
constructions which the good nature of mankind, who are always forward
to see their friends' virtues recorded, may put to particular parts. I
question not but several of my readers will know the lawyer in the
stage-coach the moment they hear his voice. It is likewise odds but the
wit and the prude meet with some of their acquaintance, as well as all
the rest of my characters. To prevent, therefore, any such malicious
applications, I declare here, once for all, I describe not men, but
manners; not an individual, but a species.
Perhaps it will be answered,
Are not the characters then taken from life? To which I answer in the
affirmative; nay, I believe I might aver that I have writ little more
than I have seen. The lawyer is not only alive, but hath been so these
four thousand years; and I hope G-- will indulge his life as many yet to
come. He hath not indeed confined himself to one profession, one
religion, or one country; but when the first mean selfish creature
appeared on the human stage, who made self the centre of the whole
creation, would give himself no pain, incur no danger, advance no money,
to assist or preserve his fellow-creatures; then was our lawyer born;
and, whilst such a person as I have described exists on earth, so long
shall he remain upon it. It is, therefore, doing him little honour to
imagine he endeavours to mimick some little obscure fellow, because he
happens to resemble him in one particular feature, or perhaps in his
profession; whereas his appearance in the world is calculated for much
more general and noble purposes; not to expose one pitiful wretch to the
small and contemptible circle of his acquaintance; but to hold the glass
to thousands in their closets, that they may contemplate their
deformity, and endeavour to reduce it, and thus by suffering private
mortification may avoid public shame. This places the boundary between,
and distinguishes the satirist from the libeller: for the former
privately corrects the fault for the benefit of the person, like a
parent; the latter publickly exposes the person himself, as an example
to others, like an executioner.


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[quote=Mehrdad77]There are two problems for our species' survival - nuclear war and environmental catastrophe - and we're hurtling towards them. Knowingly.


Shame on you -there are three problems: nuclear war, environmental catastrophe and state religions.


Bully_rus
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Daemon wrote:
I describe not men, but manners; not an individual, but a species.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)


Well, of course, it more safely to act in such manner...
Allan Fernandes
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While referring to men, it is prudent to analyze traits in an impartial fashion, in order not to succumb to the old and unfortunately common temptation of giving more importance to superficiality and outer layers than it ideally should. Yes, judging people takes too much effort for a propitious outcome, which convinces me of the fact that the wordplay in question was chosen not by coincidence. Similarly, looking things from a broader perspective entails more acuity and some historical/anthropological elements. That’s what I believe what the author meant back then with
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