Friday, January 13, 2006

Dr. Moreau Daily News Nugget

There is a passage in Chapter XII of the short novel The Island of Dr. Moreau by HG Wells where the sub-human creatures chant in litany:

“Not to go on all-fours; that is the Law. Are we not Men?
“Not to suck up Drink; that is the Law. Are we not Men?
“Not to eat Fish or Flesh; that is the Law. Are we not Men?
“Not to claw the Bark of Trees; that is the Law. Are we not Men?
“Not to chase other Men; that is the Law. Are we not Men?”

And so from the prohibition of these acts of folly, on to the prohibition of what I thought then were the maddest, most impossible, and most indecent things one could well imagine. A kind of rhythmic fervour fell on all of us; we gabbled and swayed faster and faster, repeating this amazing Law. Superficially the contagion of these brutes was upon me, but deep down within me the laughter and disgust struggled together. We ran through a long list of prohibitions, and then the chant swung round to a new formula.

“His is the House of Pain.
“His is the Hand that makes.
“His is the Hand that wounds.
“His is the Hand that heals.”

That having been said, read this bizarre news item from the exciting people who brought you these fine products:

Sometimes I think scientists are so interested to see if they could, they don't stop to ask if they should. Progress marches on...

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