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It is in the prosecution of some single object, and in striving to reach its accomplishment by the combined application of his moral and physical energies, that the true happiness of man, in his full vigour and development, consists. Possession, it is true, crowns exertion with repose; but it is only in the illusions of fancy that it has power to charm our eyes. If we consider the position of man in the universe,—if we remember the constant tendency of his energies towards some definite activity, and recognize the influence of surrounding nature, which is ever provoking him to exertion, we shall be ready to acknowledge that repose and possession do not indeed exist but in imagination. - Wilhelm von Humboldt, The Sphere and Duties of Government (The Limits of State Action) (1854 ed.)

Sunday, March 9, 2008

More On Barack Obama

Two more articles. These are regarding the "cult" of Obama (if such a thing exists). I am rather put off of Barack because of this, but I like Jacoby a lot (please read Freethinkers), so I should question myself every now and then:
HTML Mencken (Sadly No!): The Cult Thing

Susan Jacoby: Hope Is Not A "Cult of Personality"

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