Dulce et decorum

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10 November 2013

Before our generation the names of those who had died for Ireland were the dearest names of all – Sarsfield, Wolfe Tone, Lord Edward Fitzgerald, Robert Emmet. Many a young man and woman grew up dreaming of dying for Ireland and leaving behind a name immortal in the country’s memory. Dying for freedom, suffering for freedom, was the great road to fame and renown, the sure way of having one’s name remembered forever. But in our day, under the new leadership, young people began to think that living for the country and doing something for it might be as good as dying for it.

From the autobiographical “Life and the Dream” written by Irish literary critic Mary Colum (1884-1957) and published in 1928.

Antigone1984:

Nice one, Mary. One in the eye for Horace!

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 You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts.  For instance:

1. Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)

2. Partitocracy v. Democracy (20 July 2012)

3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)

4. Capitalism in practice  (4 July 2012) 

5.Ladder  (21 June 2012)

 6. A tale of two cities (1)  (6 June 2012)

 7. A tale of two cities (2)  (7 June 2012)

 8. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)

Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.

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