Monday, April 20, 2009

Two Quotes for the Times

Spengler has two quotes that worth pondering and understanding.

The first has a socionomic flavor to it, in the context of the sudden fame of Susan Boyle:

...Churlish resentment of high culture comes from the slacker's desire for reward with neither merit nor effort: the sort of artistic skill that requires years of discipline and sacrifice is a reproach to the indolence of the popular audience of the West. Better voices than Boyle's can be found in a thousand choirs and amateur theatricals, but the crowd has embraced this late-hatching Scottish songbird as a symbol of its own aspirations...

And the second is the hard truth that becomes obscured during every fevered bubble of optimism:

...China's thrift, industry and diligence are qualities born of long experience with hard times. The terrible suffering of the 19th and 20th centuries left every Chinese parent with the conviction that the world shows no mercy to mediocrity...

Indeed.

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