We hurry and push and hustle, for the good of humanity! 'The world is becoming too noisy, too commercial!' groans some solitary thinker.
"Malthus was a friend of humanity, but, with ill-founded moral principles, the friend of humanity is the devourer of humanity, without mentioning his pride; for, touch the vanity of one of these numberless philanthropists, and to avenge his self-esteem, he will be ready at once to set fire to the whole globe; and to tell the truth, we are all more or less like that.
"In our dear country, as indeed in the whole of Europe, a famine visits humanity about four times a century, as far as I can remember; once in every twenty-five years.
It is a terrible idea, but it is historic, it is statistic; it is indeed one of those facts which enables an intelligent historian to reconstruct the physiognomy of a special epoch, for it brings out this further point with mathematical accuracy, that the clergy were in those days sixty times richer and more flourishing than the rest of humanity. and perhaps sixty times fatter also..."
There must have been an idea more powerful than all the calamities and sorrows of this world, famine or torture, leprosy or plague--an idea which entered into the heart, directed and enlarged the springs of life, and made even that hell supportable to humanity! Show me a force, a power like that, in this our century of vices and railways!
The grand poem, the grand edifice, the grand work of humanity will no longer be built: it will be printed.
Nevertheless, when one tries to collect in one's mind a comprehensive image of the total products of printing down to our own days, does not that total appear to us like an immense construction, resting upon the entire world, at which humanity toils without relaxation, and whose monstrous crest is lost in the profound mists of the future?
At its base are written some ancient titles of humanity which architecture had not registered.
Assuredly, it is a construction which increases and piles up in endless spirals; there also are confusion of tongues, incessant activity, indefatigable labor, eager competition of all humanity, refuge promised to intelligence, a new Flood against an overflow of barbarians.
There is unquestionably this instinct in me which belongs to the lower orders of creation; yet with every year I am less a fisherman, though without more humanity
or even wisdom; at present I am no fisherman at all.
They also insist that "genocide, crimes against humanity
, war crimes, and torture fall under international jurisdiction" Washington shouldn't have it all its own way; if it utilizes universal jurisdiction to charge foreigners for war crimes abroad, it should accept extradition or detention of Americans indicted by other nations for war crimes as well.
And yet, more than five years into the war on terror, a number of recent films have dared to look beyond the demonic cutouts fashioned by our politicians and screenwriters and instead inquire about the humanity
and motivation of those willing to plant or carry bombs onto buses, planes, and schoolyards.