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Mike Pearson <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 21 Mar 1997 03:37:36 PST
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At 06:12 PM 2/22/97 EST, T.R. posted a review by Bruce Michelson
 of Camfield's book

 _Sentimental Twain: Samuel Clemens in the Maze of Moral

>        In other words,  Twain's collision with determinism and the various
>permutations of post-Darwinist thought -- as exemplified by Spencer, Fiske,
>William Graham Sumner, and others  -- led him into unstable practice as
>either sentimentalist or antisentimentalist. ]

I feel you all wanted me to post something in March and resume silence.
I respect your good judgement!!

"Unstable practice..."

The "Moral Sense" bothered Mr. Twain as it was mis-used by all.

Eric Hoffer (b. 1902)  wrote,"Moral indignation permits envy and hate
to be acted out under  the guise of virtue."

and "Many of the insights of a saint stem from his experiences as a sinner."

Darwin might agree, the first creature to walk on land was a bad sinner
by somestandards.

"When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each
  a last from Eric Hoffer,
San Francisco Longshoreman.

 And "a foolish consistency is
the hobgoblin..."
"Don't give me quotations. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."

"Between us, Kipling and know everything.
He knows all there is to know, and I know everything else."

--Mr. Twain