February 6, 2010

Something Wonderful: Only "The Ordinary Sins of Ambition"

Move aside, and let the man go through.

Cobb: "Ignorance is a privilege.
It is the privilege you have when you own your own land, your own house, and you have enough Dosh to handle your business and that of your offspring. So you can ignore the rest of the world. I'm striving to be that kind of ignorant, so I don't have to fill my head with other people's news to feel at home in the world....
"I don't want to share the bonds of the bondsman, and though my conscience recognizes his predicament, I don't want to be a part of it. I want to be a freer man than my father and my son to be a perfectly free man. I want that my daughters would marry such men. Let my drama be the human drama of the ordinary sins of ambition in men of ways and means, not the acts of desperation of those migrant prisoners. A free man never becomes a suicide bomber, but he'll try for your wife all the same. The more free men we have, the better our prospects for justice." -- When You Don't Care Enough To Care - Cobb
Posted by Vanderleun at February 6, 2010 5:33 PM
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I like Cobb's second paragraph you clip a great deal.

Posted by: Ricky Raccoon at February 7, 2010 8:08 AM

Thanks. The whole essay is worth it.

Posted by: vanderleun at February 7, 2010 10:12 AM

It is the privilege you have when you own your own land, your own house, and you have enough Dosh to handle your business and that of your offspring. So you can ignore the rest of the world.

I profoundly disagree.

When you have those things, you aim to keep 'em. Ignorance is not an option: "a fool and his money are soon parted."

Ignorance is an option if you are an "artist" living in some BoHo, SoHo, MoFo or "Bay Area" "loft" owning nothing, owing nothing and sponging off your wealthy parents....

So, no: I don't agree at all.

Ignorance is a tremendous luxury reserved for trustifarians, welfare-queens, angry grievance-mongering minorities, soccer-moms, husbands of ketchup magnates, cheerleaders, union-members and professional athletes.

If you own your own land, your home and enough dosh, you will be hyper-vigilant, or you will have nothing very soon.

Posted by: Gray at February 7, 2010 4:59 PM

And I disagree profoundly right back. Obsession with politics and other peoples' business is in fact an option only if you are an "artist" living in some BoHo, SoHo, MoFo or "Bay Area" "loft" owning nothing, owing nothing and sponging off your wealthy parents....

Cobb's point, if I may, is that caring for what is in front of you, instead of "caring about" things and people you may never see, is the essence of sanity - and is the bottomless luxury of a responsible man. "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof" was refined by later generations as "Don't borrow trouble," and may in fact be the essence of maturity.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at February 7, 2010 9:13 PM