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. . .of Whales and Men. . .

March 6, 2013

“But this occasional timidity is characteristic of almost all herding creatures. Though banding together in tens of thousands, the lion-maned buffaloes of the West have fled before a solitary horseman.

“Witness, too, all human beings, how when herded together in the sheepfold of a theatre’s pit, they will, at the slightest alarm of fire, rush helter-skelter for the outlet, crowding, trampling, jamming, and remorselessly dashing each other to death.

“Best, therefore, withhold any judgment at the strangely gallied whales before us, for there is no folly of the beasts of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men.”

From Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” italics by David Hirzel

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