ON THE MONEY

September 15th, 2012

ON THE MONEY

Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby,  Chapter 44…   A comment on the villain of the piece, Ralph Nickleby, a money-lender, stock manipulator and destroyer of honest businesses:
“There are some men who, living with the one object of enriching
themselves, no matter by what means, and being perfectly conscious
of the baseness and rascality of the means which they will use every
day towards this end, affect nevertheless–even to themselves–a
high tone of moral rectitude, and shake their heads and sigh over
the depravity of the world. Some of the craftiest scoundrels that
ever walked this earth, or rather–for walking implies, at least,
an erect position and the bearing of a man–that ever crawled and
crept through life by its dirtiest and narrowest ways, will gravely
jot down in diaries the events of every day, and keep a regular
debtor and creditor account with Heaven, which shall always show a
floating balance in their own favour.”

File the above under the category: Same As it Ever Was — and here’s the truth of things; just like everything else in life, there’s a battle going on–at the tiniest, micro-cellular level, right up to explosion of giant stars.
When it comes to our common welfare, if we haven’t yet completely despaired or chosen to live outside the daily turmoil of things, we have to constantly struggle against such people as the one brilliantly described by Dickens more than a hundred-and-fifty years ago. Right now it’s the rich and the corporations that own and run our country (both parties included) that we have to contend with. But it’s instructive, if not pacifying in some deep way, to know that this has always been, and will always be the lot of humanity.

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