Friday January 3rd 2014 Tim
Easy enough to dream of Palm Trees and
Parrots. Huddle by the stove, try not to think about the curves of
supply and demand upon heating costs. A seduction from the Dismal
Science. Thomas Carlyle in a satirical moment. But maybe he was just
depressed by the finality of reading Malthus. Which might have caused
him to say something like, "silence is golden." Although I think
probably his actual phrase was something like, "silence can be more
eloquent than words." Which is the sort of thing one comes up with when
it's bloody cold outside.
My own interest in Thomas Carlyle, extends beyond his
description of economics as a dismal science. He is
one of the people on my list of people who died in February.
Now if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, dying in
February makes good sense. But if you live in the
Northern Hemisphere, dying in February is terribly unfair,
because it means you don't get the taste of March into your
final thoughts. And I wonder whether our ancestors
ever gave this consideration when they chose to leave the
Equatorial regions of our planet.