The Dumbbell's Dictionary
How We Live, v. In the end, all men die. How you lived your life will be much more
important than your memory for posterity than anything you may have accomplished.
Huckleberry Finn, n. Who else but Mark Twain could have written this timeless work,
along with „Puddenhead Wilson,’ and „A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court?’
They may not have met the standards of great literature, both yesteryear and today, but
they sure outsold Henry James’s „The Golden Bowl.’
Kara Hultgren, n. Remember her? The supreme example of the dangers of political
correctness, especially in the military, and more especially in flying jet aircraft to and
from aircraft carriers. After having failed several written and hands-on exams relative to
piloting an aircraft, the powers that be (were) under the Clinton administration decided to
go ahead and promote her right on up the line. The end result: She took her F-14 Tomcat
straight into the sea, several hundred yards shy of the flight deck she was aiming for.
Human Freedom, n. Here is one of the things Ronald Reagan advises us concerning it:
„Without timely expression and emphatic endorsement, our own belief in the principles
of human freedom and representative government must eventually atrophy and wither.’
The Human mind, n. Dan Simmons asks us to conceive it as a free-standing, holistic,
quantum wave front. Works for me.
Human nature, n. Does not readily comport with the dictates of either socialism, nor
communism. Check with „Atlas Shrugged.’ You will find that the dictum „from each
according to his ability, to each according to his needs,’ will leave you with nobody
having any ability whatsoever, but everyone will have infinite needs.
Humanitarian, n. One who does his best to destroy you as an individual. He cares nothing
for your comfort, or even for your existence, so long as he can be described as a
benefactor of humanity. His reputation, not the spoliation of actual humans, is what
Humanitarian Socialist, n. Contradiction in terms, but good enough for Obama.
Humanitarianism, n. See Ellsworth Toohey in „The Fountainhead.’ Convince „em and
you’ve got „em.
Humans, n. We are not dogs, which is probably a compliment to dogs. A dog is an animal
and, as Mark Twain reminds us, animals have neither the need nor the capacity to blush.
Here’s another difference between humans and dogs. If you constantly starve or beat a
young dog, and don’t completely break his spirit in the process, you will have developed
that dog into a snarling monster.
The same does not hold for humans, which is why the excuse that an abusive adult was
abused as a young child will not do. It is a brute fact, which can never be wished away,
that not all of those who were once beaten or molested will grow up to become beaters
and molesters. You see, another difference between humans and animals is that a human
has the ability to grow out of a situation. The difficulty lies in the further fact that some
will choose not to grow. Such a choice should not be excused, by any rational society.
David Hume, n. English historian, philosopher, and essayist. My only quarrel with him to
date has to do with his well-grounded observation that we cannot know the future.