Thursday, October 22, 2009
This one is a little difficult to read, and there are a few words I can't make out (anyone who can, let me know), but it's worth a look. I suspect it meant something to someone, but not me. Here's the text, or what I could make of it, anyway:
Error is somewhat like a lie, hard to teach and counteract; nature's instinct, &c., is said to be the book of God; how much more reliable is it than the works and words of man; the [?], association, prejudice, customs and interests are the great stumbling blocks; when will man and woman be themselves? In nature hybrids end with themselves; die, ye hypocrites! ALMA. 168 Herald Uptown.
Thoughts? I considered the possibility that this is somehow from the Bible; I Googled a couple of the phrases and came up with nothing, but perhaps it's paraphrased? Anyone? And if it is paraphrased from the Bible, what's the point? I'd say it was some religious person trying to remind all these degenerates using the personals of their sinning ways (I've seen a few of these), but then why does Alma give an address? And why not use a passage from the Bible that actually, you know, makes some amount of sense?
Plus, if you read it one way, it actually looks like a refutation of the Bible: "nature's instinct...is said to be the book of God; [but] how much more reliable is it than the works and words of man." If I'm reading this right, Alma is basically saying that if we want to understand the world we shouldn't look to the Bible but rather to what people do, and people fall back to "association, prejudice, custom and interests" (how I wish I could make out the few words before), and people are all a bunch of hypocrites.
Who should all die.
Alma sounds half progressive and half crazy.
Or, it's just a code. I hate falling back on code just because I can't figure out what an ad means, but sometimes it's the only thing that makes sense.
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