Oh, don’t be such a cynic.
I turned down a job as a professional punmaker because I didn’t like the celery.
I’m a humanist, so of course I’m interested in the “deep questions of the soul”, or some translation of that—but I’m also interested in the world we live in. I don’t see a conflict. I wouldn’t say that modern physics is mechanical and formulaic. When I think about how big the universe is and how long it has been around and how many stars there are, and recently how many planets, I am stirred in the deep places of my soul.
Do you really want to know? This is a family newspaper.
It’s only parsley correct. But lettuce stop now. Don’t pepper your comments with puns. Gosh, I’m embarrassed, my face is getting radish.
So you agree with Calhoun that slavery was a positive good?
It’s one of my absolute favorites. Also Starman Jones, Time for the Stars, Double Star, The Door into Summer…..
As I recall, it was slavery that Baslim hated most of all.
JLocke says, " If you can’t make an informed argument in favor of slavery, you aren’t educated since most of human history includes the institution." I wonder if the following is the kind of “informed argument in favor of slavery” he has in mind? This comes from John Calhoun, "Speech on the Reception of Abolition Petitions, 1837: “But let me not be understood as admitting, even by implication, that the existing relations between the two races in the slaveholding States is an evil:—far otherwise; I hold it to be a good, as it has thus far proved itself to be to both, and will continue to prove so if not disturbed by the fell spirit of abolition. I appeal to facts. Never before has the black race of Central Africa, from the dawn of history to the present day, attained a condition so civilized and so improved, not only physically, but morally and intellectually. It came among us in a low, degraded, and savage condition, and in the course of a few generations it has grown up under the fostering care of our institutions, as reviled as they have been, to its present comparatively civilized condition. This, with the rapid increase of numbers, is conclusive proof of the general happiness of the race, in spite of all the exaggerated tales to the contrary.” That’s the level of argumentation you find in the proponents of slavery.