September 29, 2004


"In the Greenest of the Valleys/ The Haunted Palace"

In the greenest of our valleys,
By good angels tenanted,
Once fair and stately palace --
Radiant palace --reared its head.
In the monarch Thought's dominion --
It stood there!
Never seraph spread a pinion
Over fabric half so fair.

Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
On its roof did float and flow;
(This --all this --was in the olden
Time long ago)
And every gentle air that dallied,
In that sweet day,
Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,
A winged odour went away.

Wanderers in that happy valley
Through two luminous windows saw
Spirits moving musically
To a lute's well-tuned law,
Round about a throne, where sitting
In state his glory well befitting,
The ruler of the realm was seen.

And all with pearl and ruby glowing
Was the fair palace door,
Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing
And sparkling evermore,
A troop of Echoes whose sweet duty
Was but to sing,
In voices of surpassing beauty,
The wit and wisdom of their king.

But evil things, in robes of sorrow,
Assailed the monarch's high estate;
(Ah, let us mourn, for never morrow
Shall dawn upon him, desolate!)
And, round about his home, the glory
That blushed and bloomed
Is but a dim-remembered story
Of the old time entombed.

And travellers now within that valley,
Through the red-litten windows, see
Vast forms that move fantastically
To a discordant melody;
While, like a rapid ghastly river,
Through the pale door,
A hideous throng rush out forever,
And laugh --but smile no more.

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September 15, 2004


Today in Philosophy class we were having a discussion on the text by Clifford called, "The Ethics of Beliefs" and how he said choices should not be made on assumptions-not for any reason without any evidence. But I disagree. I think that sometimes even if you don't have the evidence to prove why you feel a certain way-you should still be allowed to assume certain things without concrete evidence. For example, if you thought there was a child stuck in a cave because you heard a yelp, I think you should go and check even if you do not have hard evidence in front of you, pointing to you, telling you that there really was a child in the cave. Yes, it could of been a wolf or a wild animal but who knows. It's not fair to say you should never do anything based on assumptions. I think there's a different situation to every story and a person should act on their instincts even if they can not fully provide evidence why they feel the way that they do.

I live by the saying, "It's better to be safe then sorry" and I think it fits this blog perfectly. Now I know that people would get very upset if they are being accused of something just because of someones instinct. I know that in Clifford's time (1845-1879) the world was a completely different place, and maybe that is why he felt the way he did. In his article, "Ethics of Beliefs" he did providetwo very well convincing articles as to why you should never assume without hard evidence, but I think that after you finish reading his article you could come up with many reason as to why assuming is sometimes alright.

In today's world people expect assumptions to be made. In our society half of our actions are probably based on assumptions. In the airports, I guarantee they assume just to be safe. If someone is acting strange and out of charcter they will pull that person aside and question and even search them if it is necessary. I feel safe knowing that people are protecting my safety by acting on assumptions and they will not always be right. It is unfair to assume soemthing having no evidence againt it, but I think it is soemthing that our society needs and wants. I am still determined to live by my favorite saying "It's better to be safe than sorry."

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September 8, 2004


Can't wait to start blogging again! yah

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