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The Higher the Monkey Climbs, the More You See His Ass

PART ONE

-But the lower the monkey goes, the more you see his head.

-Yes, but it is still a monkey head.

-Yes, but that is better than a monkey ass.

-Agreed.

PART TWO

-Everywhere I see character traits that I admire — a poetic take on things, a willingness to buck society and take risks, self-assertion — used to support a horrifying cruelty.

-Maybe that should teach you the truth of the old hermetic maxim — corruptio optima pessima.  The corruption of the best is the worst.

-Maybe that should teach me the truth of the new hermetic maxim — perfectio pessima optima — the very best thing is to take what is lowest in human nature and perfect it.

-And that’s true too.

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