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Re: "Usefull languages"

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Monday, February 25, 2002, 11:26
J Y S Czhang scripsit:

> I have always had a certain sneering, cynicism toward that phrase > "pursuit of Happiness." Happiness is quite overrated for bein' just a mental > state... a confluence of personal disposition/character (or lack thereof), > situational/ephemeral conditions and neurochemical reactions in the brain.
That's because moderns mostly know the phrase out of its original context, which is that of "public happiness", i.e. the ability to participate in public affairs. In the 18th century there was no real distinction between government and society. -- John Cowan To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all. There are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful. --_The Hobbit_