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Daemon
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Most amusements only mean trying to win another person's money.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
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Most amusements only mean trying to win another person's money.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
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I agree. Whenever we gain something, we dispossess someone else.
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Context from:Plain Tales from the Hills

Thrown Away

There was a Boy once who had been brought up under the ‘sheltered life’ theory; and the theory killed him dead. He stayed with his people all his days, from the hour he was born till the hour he went into Sandhurst nearly at the top of the list. He was beautifully taught in all that wins marks by a private tutor, and carried the extra weight of ‘never having given his parents an hour’s anxiety in his life.’ What he learnt at Sandhurst beyond the regular routine is of no great consequence. He looked about him, and he found soap and blacking, so to speak, very good. He ate a little, and came out of Sandhurst not so high as he went in. Then there was an interval and a scene with his people, who expected much from him. Next a year of living unspotted from the world in a third-rate depôt battalion where all the juniors were children and all the seniors old women ; and lastly, he came out to India, where he was cut off from the support of his parents, and had no one to fall back on in time of trouble except himself.

Now India is a place beyond all others where one must not take things too seriously—the midday sun always excepted. Too much work and too much energy kill a man just as effectively as too much assorted vice or too much drink. Flirtation does not matter, because every one is being transferred, and either you or she leave the Station and never return. Good work does not matter, because a man is judged by his worst output, and another man takes all the credit of his best as a rule. Bad work does not matter, because other men do worse, and incompetents hang on longer in India than anywhere else. Amusements do not matter, because you must repeat them as soon as you have accomplished them once, and most amusements only mean trying to win another person’s money. Sickness does not matter, because it’s all in the day’s work, and if you die, another man takes over your place and your office in the eight hours between death and burial. Nothing matters except Home-furlough and acting allowances, and these only because they are scarce. It is a slack country, where all men work with imperfect instruments ; and the wisest thing is to escape as soon as ever you can to some place where amusement is amusement and a reputation worth the having.

But this Boy—the tale is as old as the Hills—came out, and took all things seriously. He was pretty and was petted. He took the pettings seriously, and fretted over women not worth saddling a pony to call upon. He found his new free life in India very good. It does look attractive in the beginning, from a subaltern’s point of view—all ponies, partners, dancing, and so on. He tasted it as the puppy tastes the soap. Only he came late to the eating, with a grown set of teeth. He had no sense of balance—just like the puppy—and could not understand why he was not treated with the consideration he received under his father’s roof. This hurt his feelings.

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C185445
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Adyl Mouhei wrote:
I agree. Whenever we gain something, we dispossess someone else.


Maybe in 18th century societies...
Wilmar (USA)
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What a knee-slapper...
mudbudda669
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Merica
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Daemon wrote:
Most amusements only mean trying to win another person's money.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)


Yeah. It isn’t funny, but really, really sad. How often exploitation comes hand in hand with extortion...
Doodle Snackers
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 10:41:45 PM
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Most amusements only mean trying to win another person's money.

Reading thi$ made me wince!
Azeke Kazakhstan
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 10:46:42 PM

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Definitely, it needs to figure out this explanation from the context.
But, anyway, this sounds adverse for entire human beings.
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