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the fray

September 20, 2012

i heart this.  and i loathe the silly teenagers who swear in the hallways at school.

when some old piece of decorum is abolished, rightly or wrongly, it is always supposed to be completely justified if people become just as dull in accepting the indecency as they were in accepting the decency. if it can be said that the grandchildren “soon get used” to something that would have made the grandfathers fight duels to the death, it is always assumed that the grandchildren have found a new mode of living, whereas those who fought the duel to the death were already dead. but the psychological fact is exactly the other way. the duelists may have been fastidious or even fantastic, but they were frightfully alive. that is why they died. their sensibilities were vivid and intense, by the only true test of the finer sensibilities, or even of the five senses. and that is that they could feel the difference between one thing and another. it is the livelier eye that can see the difference between peacock-blue and peacock-green; it is the more fatigued eye that may see them both as something very like grey. it is the quicker ear that can detect in any speech the shade between innocence and irony, or between irony and insult.

now, i also have a soft place in my heart for honey boo boo.  so i am certainly not above the fray.  i’m right in the middle of it.  dueling with the world of today and the world of they way i wish it was.

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