The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 November 2004

A matter of degree

The difference between a mere misfortune and an actual calamity, according to Benjamin Disraeli:

If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone pulled him out again, that would be a calamity.

In a suggested update to this Vent, a reader, in addition to pointing out that the first WTC attack should have been included among the "terrorist attacks," recommended I include also the construction of the United Nations facilities in New York.

I demur — at the time, it didn't seem so — but if the UN (the organization, not necessarily the buildings) should ever collapse, I plan to list it as a "public service."

Posted at 2:48 PM to Dyssynergy


Not to mention "urban renewal."

Posted by: McGehee at 3:08 PM on 30 November 2004

Not to mention absolute proof of the existence of a good and just Deity.

Posted by: Eric at 5:10 PM on 30 November 2004