To: Mind-numbed Robot
Bierce's comments need to be viewed in context. An officer for the North in the Civil War, Bierce's cynicism was informed by the war's horror in large part caused when 16th century tactics met 19th century weaponry. Viewed in today's light, and as redacted by this author, his words can be perplexing. Viewed in the context of his times, however, many of his perceptions are amazing. I think the Devil's Dictionary should be required high school reading.
posted on 03/04/2005 1:18:10 PM PST
Thanks. I was totally unaware of the context, not being familiar with Bierce. My ignorance is exceeded only by my ennui.
posted on 03/04/2005 1:26:03 PM PST
by Mind-numbed Robot
(Not all things that need to be done need to be done by the government.)
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