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The Daily Dick: Musings on the Relevance of Moby-Dick Today


"Consider the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure [ . . .] and then turn to this green, gentle, and most docile earth; consider them both, the sea and the land; and do you not find a strange analogy to something in yourself?"

Damn, Melville. This passage always pinches something deep inside my soul. What can hurt us is often hidden under the most beautiful coverings. Sometimes treachery is hidden beneath fine rhetoric. Often the worst creatures swim in money. But in some cases, evil is all too easy to call out. Is it finally time for us to call evil out? Will we finally strip the orange emperor of his clothes?


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