Monday, May 3, 2010

May 3, 2010 Chapter 17

So I'm kinda surprised Glanton and his men actually got the whiskey to the Indians... I figured he'd just blow it off. Maybe they would've followed and hunted him if he hadn't though so...

Interesting perception of the world and human nature. This quote comes from page 249. Turn in you books to page So, judge says "As well ask men what they think of stone." What does that have to do with war? If this were asked of me, I'd say..."old...gray...hard...?" Which has nothing to do with war. Next he says, "War was always here. Before man, war waited for him." So war, in judge's opinion, is not a creation of man, but rather man is manipulated by war ("the ultimate trade", and it by man ("the ultimate practitioner"). Furthermore, judge believes this will always be the situation. Judge continues then applies this to sport and games. His logic is reasonable. In the first part, Men are born for war, in the next part, he's saying that they are born for games, so one could come to the conclusion, before reading on, that judge believes games are a form of war. Judge confirms this, and again, I follow his logic completely. War requires the risk, the "wager" of loss of life or limb. Games require a wager of material product, be it money, stocks, whatever, sports require the risk of humiliation. With war, the outcome one wants is power. With games, people want the material good, thus power. With sports, people want the "pride of victory" which, in turn, results in power. Then judge says, "Moral law is an invention of mankind for the disenfranchisement of the powerful in favor of the weak." So, morality is the attempt of the weak, mentally and physically (the opposite on both spectrum for judge) to bring down the strong. I find this similar to the illusion the people of Oceania in 1984 had, except judge believes it as fact. Speaking of which, I can see judge doing the room 101 stuff...just saying...


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