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Topic: Has/Have either Luis or his parents traveled abroad?
Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 11:05:03 AM
Has/Have either Luis or his parents travelled abroad?

The auxiliary verb is closest to "Luis", which is singular,
but "parents" is plural...

...so, which one is correct, Has or Have?
Topic: Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that it is which...
Posted: Monday, September 24, 2018 1:55:23 PM
Emerson´s Self-Reliance...
Topic: All visible objects ... are but as pasteboard masks.
Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 2:01:23 PM
The Lower Layer

What gain could be possible be there for Ahab´s men?
As Starbucks asks the captain what kind of profit would the vengeance bring about,

Mr. Starbuck; wilt thou not chase the white whale? art not game for Moby Dick?"
"I am game for his crooked jaw, and for the jaws of Death too, Captain Ahab,
if it fairly comes in the way of the business we follow; but I came here to hunt whales, not my commander's vengeance.
How many barrels will thy vengeance yield thee even if thou gettest it, Captain Ahab? it will not fetch thee much in our Nantucket market."


To this, Ahab responds...

"Nantucket market! Hoot! But come closer, Starbuck; thou requirest a little lower layer.
If money's to be the measurer, man, and the accountants have computed their great counting-house the globe,
by girdling it with guineas, one to every three parts of an inch;
then, let me tell thee, that my vengeance will fetch a great premium HERE!"

"He smites his chest," whispered Stubb, "what's that for? methinks it rings most vast, but hollow."


Starbucks answer is only natural...

"Vengeance on a dumb brute!" cried Starbuck,
"that simply smote thee from blindest instinct! Madness!
To be enraged with a dumb thing, Captain Ahab, seems blasphemous."


And then comes today's quote...

"Hark ye yet again — the little lower layer. All visible objects, man, are but as pasteboard masks. But in each event — in the living act, the undoubted deed — there, some unknown but still reasoning thing puts forth the mouldings of its features from behind the unreasoning mask. If man will strike, strike through the mask! How can the prisoner reach outside except by thrusting through the wall? To me, the white whale is that wall, shoved near to me. Sometimes I think there's naught beyond. But 'tis enough. He tasks me; he heaps me; I see in him outrageous strength, with an inscrutable malice sinewing it. That inscrutable thing is chiefly what I hate; and be the white whale agent, or be the white whale principal, I will wreak that hate upon him. Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me.


Not the pasteboard mask,
but breaking through Ahab´s mask,
there is such humanist nature...
...it requires a little lower layer.
Topic: Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind, and when the same thought occurs to another man, it is the key to...
Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 8:01:14 PM
For ill or good, I´m afraid.-
Topic: The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably...
Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018 1:36:12 PM
Well, I don't know about you, but I know that the idea of getting some people in either of those places makes me happy.
Happiness on this earth or the second best thing must have an earthly price if you ask me.

A bad person or not, I'm utterly frank.
Topic: A very few—as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men—serve the state with their consciences also,...
Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2018 3:50:06 PM
Of course. People whose existence helps humankind will always be targeted by the people in the power places.
Topic: A very few—as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men—serve the state with their consciences also,...
Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2018 3:50:04 PM
Of course. People whose existence helps humankind will always be targeted by the people in the power places.
Topic: It is not the office of a man to receive gifts ... We wish to be self-sustained. We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand...
Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 10:01:22 AM
The badassest quote from Emerson ever...
Topic: It is not the office of a man to receive gifts ... We wish to be self-sustained. We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand...
Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 10:01:18 AM
The badassest quote from Emerson ever...
Topic: It was on one of those mornings, common in early spring, when the year, fickle and changeable in its youth like all other...
Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 10:31:15 AM
Just like that moment between waking up and getting up every morning.

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