The Excellent Foppery of Blogs

Blogs are all very fine and democratic. But the opportunity cost of all the time listening to vox populi and reading stuff on blogs is pretty high considering that the world has an enormously stupendous store of amazingly insightful words which can instruct, entertain, and even enlighten. What would you rather re-read: the words of Shakespeare, or the prose by some idiot who is primarily concerned with his own silly little world?

Since you have wandered over here (by error, I presume), I offer you a bit of Shakespeare to make up for the time you lost on this blog. From King Lear:

This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune, often the surfeits of our own behavior, we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars; as if we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on. An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition on the charge of a star.

Need anything more be said about astrology?

3 thoughts on “The Excellent Foppery of Blogs

  1. Ramchi Wednesday February 9, 2005 / 12:15 pm

    Hey Atanu,
    As a wise man said ‘we always seek our reflections in others’.So u know who are those folks that re-read someone’s account of their own misery about not having enough time to go on a vacation to Hawaii.My personal favourite is Macbeth but this excerpt is a worthy piece to re-read and ponder.


  2. Pallavi Wednesday February 9, 2005 / 10:11 pm

    “Need anything more be said about astrology?”

    Or God for that matter ….


  3. DP Chalasani Saturday February 12, 2005 / 11:45 am

    I agree with Pallavi…Need anything more be said about the so called God?


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