LIONEL AUDIO: Mrs. Warren’s & The Kardashians’ Profession

“The notion that persons should be safe from extermination as long as they do not commit willful murder, or levy war against the Crown, or kidnap, or throw vitriol, is not only to limit social responsibility unnecessarily, and to privilege the large range of intolerable misconduct that lies outside them, but to divert attention from the essential justification for extermination, which is always incorrigible social incompatibility and nothing else.”

Source: George Bernard Shaw, “On the Rocks” (1933), Preface.

My wife and I saw Shaw’s play “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” at the Roundabout in New York yesterday. Folks who say they love Shaw know nothing of his writings on eugenics, his membership in the Fabian Society or what that means. Nothing. Shaw was the funny originator of GHOTI, right? Wrong. Most probably it was Ollier. Anyhoo, herein find a discussion on a pastiche of miscellany.

And on Columbus Day, no less. I can’t count the number of inaccuracies and blatant lies as to Columbus. Remember the story about his trying to discover if the Earth was round? Aristotle pretty much figured that out 2000 years before. Not to mention there were globes in 1492. So where did these ideas come from? Washington Irving that’s who. He made the whole thing up and we’ve been repeating it ever since.

Enjoy.

  1. “I am grateful that I am not as judgmental as all those censorious, self-righteous people around me”

    I liked the part about people who pretend that they care. I’ve never been capable of that, which is why I’d probably be a lousy actress.

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