Saturday, October 01, 2005

Monkey #1

The attitude adopted towards Monkeys by the mass of those who, after all, live in the same world, and have much the same appetites and necessities and sufferings as they, is an attitude I am persuaded, not of heartlessness, but of ignorance. To disturb that ignorance, and in some to awake a consciousness which, perhaps, they fear, is not a grateful task,but it is our duty, and we will pursue it.

Let the reader consider for one moment the aspect not only of formal law but of the whole community, and of what is called "public opinion" towards this section of sentient beings.

As things now are--aye! and have been for centuries in this green England of ours--a Monkey may not marry; he may not own land; he may not fill any salaried post under the Crown. The Papists themselves are debarred from no honour (outside Ireland) save the Lord Chancellorship. Monkeys, who are responsible for no persecutions in the past, whose religion presents no insult or outrage to our common reason, and who differ little from ourselves in their general practice of life and thought, _are debarred from all_!

- Hilaire Belloc, "On something"

4 Comments:

Blogger banana said...

what are you talking about? monkeys don't have rights?

i thought that there was a monkey running the "free world" up there from the White House?

10:12 PM  
Blogger kingfelix said...

no, a Lizard Man who cannot quite keep his human shape.

alternatively, a devil. it's a common theme that the devil, when assuming human form, can never quite achieve a perfect transition; hence, cleft hooves, etc (this is all there in The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch). anyway, bush had that weird bandage on his face after the supposed Pretzel episode, a weird lump on his back during presidential debates, etc - supposition? perhaps, but still oddly compelling

and how often do you see his feet? are they cloven?

10:16 PM  
Blogger Monkey said...

I found you by looking for "monkey" in blog search. It's difficult to say how wonderful I find this blog, without sounding like the spammer who throws superlatives around like so many feces in the monkey cage.

I think we must link you. There is nothing else for it.

Thank you!

11:35 PM  
Blogger kingfelix said...

Terrific. As I have stated in the past, I feel the proper relationship between artist and audience is that which takes its cue from the monkey hurling shit at those gathered round its cage.

11:38 PM  

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