A Thought for the Day
The absolute necessity of Eros in human life notwithstanding, any treacly or otherwise utterly romantic perspective on love must seem fatuous and incomplete: thereby, something akin to the following view ought to make sense, that erotic attachment will ever evoke emotions and experiences both sublime and dangerous, at once pristine waters whose virgin coves entice sweet immersion, naked of all defense, and shark-infested inlets whose murky depths threaten smitten swimmers with imminent bloodbath.
This Day in History
Today is International Missing Children’s Day and Geek Pride Day, &, in honor of the work of Douglas Adams, it is also Towel Day, while the African Union marks this date as African Day, and aficionados in the United States celebrate National Tap Dance Day; on the Italian Peninsula two thousand five hundred eighty-four years ago, forces under Servius Tullius moved forward Roman dominance in all of Italy with their victory over Etruscans; three hundred twenty-seven years forward in time, in 240 BCE, what would in the future bear the name of Halley’s Comet committed its first recorded perihelion passage; thirteen and a quarter centuries subsequently, in 1085, a reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula began with the forces of a sixth Castillian Alfonso’s taking control of Toledo from earlier Islamic conquerors; MORE HERE
- “That the native does not like the tourist is not hard to explain. For every native of every place is a potential tourist, and every tourist is a native of somewhere. Every native everywhere lives a life of overwhelming and crushing banality and boredom and desperation and depression, and every deed, good and bad, is an attempt to forget this. Every native would like to find a way out, every native would like a rest, every native would like a tour. But some natives—most natives in the world—cannot go anywhere. They are too poor. They are too poor to go anywhere. They are too poor to escape the reality of their lives; and they are too poor to live properly in the place they live, which is the very place you, the tourist, want to go—so when the natives see you, the tourist, they envy you, they envy your ability to leave your own banality and boredom, they envy your ability to turn their own banality and boredom into a source of pleasure for yourself.”
― Jamaica Kincaid,
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