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Ignorance, or the want of knowledge and literature, the appointed lot of all born to poverty and the drudgeries of life, is the only opiate capable of infusing that insensibility, which can enable them to endure the miseries of the one, and the fatigues of the other. It is a cordial, administered by the gracious hand of providence, of which they ought never to be deprived by an ill-judged and improper education. It is the basis of all subordination, the support of society, and the privilege of individuals… by which means the prince and the labourer, the philosopher and the peasant, are, in some measure, fitted for their respective situations.

Soames Jenyns, MP, 1757

Global worming

I’m tired of all this back-slapping Isn’t-humanity-great bullshit. We’re a virus with shoes, OK? Bill Hicks

Like every species on a roll, we’re gobbling everything in sight until we are fighting and starving in our own effluent.

What really distinguishes homo rapiens from, say, yeast, is that we’re talking about it.

Is there any way to avoid the planet shrugging us off?

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