10.03.2007

"For the genuine orator must have investigated and heard and read and discussed and handled and debated the whole of the contents of the life of mankind, inasmuch as that is the field of the orator's activity, the subject matter of his study...if we bestow fluency of speech on persons devoid of those virtues, we shall not have made orators of them but shall have put weapons in the hands of madmen."
-Cicero in De Oratore

That's a tough standard, some might say impossible. Some might say that. They might. "They" have not truly lived if it is, indeed, what they say. "They" are the entitled, the still, the society. "They" are for whom Atlas shrugged. And "they," deep within their bones--buried though they would never admit it lest they gain the horror of a capital "T"--know it.

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