Thursday, October 03, 2013

Virtue and the Need for Reproof and Advice

Samuel Johnson, Rambler #172. So the implied conclusion, of course, is that the next time you see someone wealthy, or famous, or in a position of power -- those 'higher stations' that multiply sycophants and lead to people not being rebuked or given advice whether they feel they need it or not -- your response should be to pity them and to say, with trembling, "There, but for the grace of God, go I."


  1. Enbrethiliel12:32 PM


    I probably shouldn't follow up a Samuel Johnson quotation with something as lowbrow as Sliders, but here it goes . . .

    Do you remember the episode Eggheads, in which scientists have the sort of celebrity status our world reserves for professional athletes? In that world, two of the protagonists, who are definitely "good guys," find that their doubles let all that success and adulation go to their heads and became pretty sleazy "bad guys."

  2. branemrys12:35 PM

    It sounds very familiar. In fact, looking it up I do remember the Mindgame part of it. Am I remembering correctly that this is one where Quinn's double merely pretended to have discovered sliding because he couldn't bear to fail at it?

  3. Enbrethiliel12:39 PM


    My understanding was that he pretended to have discovered it in order to disappear when some game fixers he owed a lot of money to came to collect.

    But it's also totally plausible that the Quinn of this world wouldn't have had the time or dedication to devote to developing the technology, anyway. He would have been too busy maintaining his celebrity status!

  4. branemrys1:51 PM

    That sounds about right!


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