Men Are Like Rivers  

TomEboy10 59M
357 posts
10/5/2005 11:40 am

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Men Are Like Rivers

One of the most widespread superstitions is that every man has his own special, definite qualities; that a man is kind, cruel, wise, stupid, energetic, apathetic, etc. Men are not like that. We may say of a man that he is more often kind than cruel, oftener wise than stupid, oftener energetic than apathetic, or the reverse; but it would be false to say of one man that he is kind and wise, of another that he is wicked and foolish. And yet we always classify mankind in this way. And this is untrue. Men are like rivers: the water is the same in each, and alike in all; but every river is narrow here, is more rapid there, here slower, there broader, now clear, now cold, now dull, now warm. It is the same with men. Every man carries in himself the germs of every human quality, and sometimes one manifests itself, sometimes another, and the man often becomes unlike himself, while still remaining the same man.

Leo Tolstoy in Resurrection

CantonOhCouple 60M/60F
553 posts
10/5/2005 6:53 pm

True, true, but there are exceptions. Just look at the average politician and think of the dirty polluted stinking mess that would be to swim in.

AlbertPrince 58M

10/6/2005 1:14 am

How is education going to make me smarter?

Homer Simpson in The Simpsons

digdug41 49M

10/6/2005 5:30 am

I would be the east river here in nyc it's choppy and unpredictable and can suck you in at any givin time

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10/6/2005 6:03 am

Incredible observations. The challenge of man however, is to posses the ability to impose levies upon himself. So as not to allow his greatest rapids and most polluted areas to distructively spill out onto others as he flows through life.

Priapeo 46M

10/7/2005 1:45 am

I would add that inside a river there stilr undercurrents creating movements and swirls which go against the flow. Yet, at the same time you can tell the general direction a river is taking.

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