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Friday, June 29, 2007

King of Infinite Space

posted by on June 29 at 11:51 AM

One of Pascal’s thoughts:

If we dreamt the same thing every night, it would affect us as much as the objects we see every day. And if an artisan were sure to dream every night for twelve hours’ duration that he was a king, I believe he would be almost as happy as a king, who should dream every night for twelve hours on end that he was an artisan.
If Pascal had ended the thought on “almost as happy as a king,” that would have been the real insight. A man who dreams every night that he is a king is really a king. And only a poor man can dream of being a king. Kings have no dreams.

From a song by the Thompson Twins:

If I was king for just one day
I would give it all away
I would give it all away to be with you If I was king for just one day
I had just one thing to say
You know that love is
All we need to get us through
What concerns me here is the substance of this claim. Meaning, does it have any substance, value, weight? What’s so great about giving up one day’s worth of being a king to be with the one you love until the end of all time? Exactly who would give up nights of hot sex for just one day of being a king? A poor fool.

From a speech delivered by a theologian on August 28, 1963:

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
The density of sensual imagery in King’s speech (its hills, mountains, flesh) is to language what a density of droplets is to a cloud. He hopes that the condensation of sensual imagery in the language will bring about “the real rain,” the fall from the cloudland of ideas a tangible, graspable experience of freedom. This King wants to stop dreaming.

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Seriously, do you just have a generator for these posts?

Posted by supergp | June 29, 2007 12:01 PM


Posted by ecce homo | June 29, 2007 12:05 PM

hes actually linking random wiki articles together through his poorly thought out diatribes.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 29, 2007 12:05 PM

i think you've got the thompson twins backwards: "they" would give up being a king to be the one the loved. or, a more exact reading would be that while being king for one day, they would use that absolute power to give away all the riches, resources, power in the kingdom just to be with their love. now that is a self-centered view!

Posted by ddv | June 29, 2007 12:18 PM

Unless you include pictures Charles I can't be bothered to read your posts.

Posted by elswinger | June 29, 2007 12:19 PM

I love charles asking if a claim has any substance. is this clever self reference or hilarious ignorant mockery of ones self?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 29, 2007 12:23 PM

Shut the fuck up, Charles.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 29, 2007 12:53 PM

"O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams."

Hamlet II, 2

Posted by Ashley | June 29, 2007 1:40 PM

charles is a dog biting a rock.

Posted by uncle tom | June 29, 2007 4:48 PM

i want him to bite me instead.

Posted by not kidding | June 30, 2007 1:48 AM

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