Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Intemperate Temperance

This sort of thing is complete crap.
”Temperate temperance is best. Intemperate temperance injures the cause of temperance, while temperate temperance helps it in its fight against intemperate intemperance. Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across the sky.”

- Mark Twain's Notebook, 1896
People should be allowed to hurt themselves. While I was studying voice in college, it was explained to me by one Dr. John Jost that one cannot sing without damaging one's vocal apparatus — in fact, singing may be one of the worst things you can do to it. Hearing this was a bit of an epiphany for me, as it seems to extrapolate well to the general proposition that every activity has a cost, no matter how innocuous the activity may seem. If this proposition is valid, one could argue that the compulsion to “protect” the ostensibly feckless masses from risk would have no end.

posted by Malaclypse the Tertiary at 11:46 PM ·

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