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  • Writer's pictureDenise Tolan

The Daily Dick: Musing in a Time of Angst

From: The Specksnyder

"This it is, that forever keeps God’s true princes of the Empire from the world’s hustings; and leaves the highest honors that this air can give, to those men who become famous more through their infinite inferiority to the choice hidden handful of the Divine Inert, than through their undoubted superiority over the dead level of the mass."



I mean, I feel like I just have to leave this here. Melville. Did he know humankind or what? Of course Melville is talking about Ahab. But Ahab was not the first and last man to drive the masses to a watery grave. Melville understood some men became famous though they were infinitely inferior. And why? Because though inferior, they were superior to the masses who adored them.

Do I have to spell it out?

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