1 October 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )

Shopping day and breakfast at El Capitan where I had their El Capitan Skillet. It was good as was the coffee. I have given up on getting sourdough toast that is up to my standards.

The excursion through Safeway this morning provided a big surprise. Apparently the marketers at Greek Gods have been reading my postings. I started some months back adding maple syrup and vanilla to the Greek Gods Honey. Lo and behold, what do I find this morning but some Greek Gods Maple. They do not claim that it is Maple & Honey but there is some honey listed in the ingredients although I think most of the sweetener is from cane sugar.

On my way back into the Park I stopped at the office building where the laundry is located and got dirty clothes into a washer. I did it this way because of the ¼ mile round trip from my space to the laundry and I did my walking quota before breakfast.

"What we are witnessing in the United States is the first country to reverse the development process and to go backward by giving up industry, manufacturing, and tradable professional skill jobs. The labor force is becoming Third World with lowly paid domestic service jobs taking the place of high-productivity, high-value added jobs.
The initial response was to put wives and mothers into the work force, but now even many two-earner families experience stagnant or falling material living standards. New university graduates are faced with substantial debts without jobs capable of producing sufficient income to pay off the debts." - Paul Craig Roberts, The US Economy Is Failing

"When you give politicians — including Cabinet secretaries — trillions of dollars in other people’s money to do things not even implied by the U.S. Constitution, which called for limited government — then the swamp is what you get. It really doesn’t matter if Donald Trump is in office or Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Jeb Bush or anyone else. The fact remains that when you put human beings in charge of inconceivably large amounts of money that does not belong to them, and for which they are ultimately unaccountable, it will bring out the worst in even the best of people. Sick of the swamp? Want to drain it? Then get rid of most of government as we know it." - Michael J. Hurd, Tom Price: Why Is It So Hard to Drain the Swamp?

2 October 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )

It was colder this morning than it has been and felt much colder with the wind chill down in the 30s. The high temperature for today is expected to be only 60 with the low tomorrow morning at 35. I'll have my winter gear on tomorrow because it is almost always colder than the forecast.

This Type 13 Pentagonal is the fourth, and last, one that Marjorie Rice discovered. I once again had trouble drawing this one because of side lengths. There were two sides that their length was determined by the angles and the lengths chosen for the other three sides and I guessed wrong. The primitive unit did 'fit' together but didn't look right and the units would not fit together when a tiling was attempted. Got 'er done and looking good!

All the News today is about the Las Vegas shooting. I suspect that the vast majority of what has been reported is incorrect but it does make for compelling News. I have only one observation at this time. Every time there is a mass shooting in involves a 'mass' of people. Crowds appear to me to be the targets of choice, therefore if you wish to avoid becoming a victim of a mass shooting I strongly suggest that you shun crowds.

3 October 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )

I think there is an easier way to put a border around a pixel drawing in GIMP but you need to make that decision before you draw the art. What I did was saved the pixel art as a PNG file which I loaded into HTML5 Canvas that had the border in place then saved that Canvas image as a PNG file and that is what you see here. This is included in the two color cross stitch patterns but with the border it has become 4 colors. The zebra looks to be black and white but that is a shade of black the white is not considered a color in cross stitch since it is just the background with the gray shadow under the zebra being the second color. There are a few other gray pixels scattered around through the zebra but they are VERY hard to see even at much higher magnification. An interesting piece that has taught me a few things.

The low this morning was only 39° but with a wind chill of 34. I was dressed for it so it didn't feel that cold. The high yesterday was 59 with another day just like it forecast for today. I'm using NWS again for my actual temperature reporting and forecasts. Weather Underground appears to be 'improving' their web site again and it has become worthless.

Mass murders are good for business. You doubt me, then explain why the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq all closed at record highs yesterday. The Las Vegas killings were the News, all the News - what else could possibly have caused the new records? There certainly was not any great business News.

Meanwhile the Leftist are celebrating the deaths of those that they consider Trump voters, those deplorables, those people that former president Obama described as "clinging to their guns and bibles". There is the usual wailing for more gun controls of course but the guy used guns that are illegal now. It is not about gun control it is about disarming those that do not support the Progressives. As the Sheriff on the scene in Las Vegas said there was nothing that could have been done to stop this guy.

The shooting did remove Puerto Rico from the News cycle. It will be interesting to see if there is anymore coverage of it after this story cycle has played out. This shooting has legs and will last longer than the usual 3 days. What is being reported is also so contradictory that the real facts will never be known.

4 October 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )

I was able to draw this small two color pixel art piece and then put the border around it in GIMP. I'm not sure if I can do it again or not. I tried so many different things until I finally got it to look as it does now that I can't remember what I did. I need to learn more about how to use GIMP Layers.

I was disappointed with the first container of Greek Gods Maple that I tried. I made up my dessert by adding fruit and nuts and it was not as good as when I make it using Greek Gods Honey with added maple syrup. I have another container of it to which I will be adding maple syrup.

The more the Las Vegas story gets spun the less believable it becomes. I don't much care what crock the government comes up with for the shooters motive. What I want to know is what the next act in this drama is going to be. There has to be a expected outcome - what is it? Remember: "never let a crisis go to waste".
"People who aren’t familiar with firearms have no idea how difficult it is to conduct sustained fire with an automatic weapon. It requires tremendous strength, endurance and training — something that Stephen Paddock had none of. Military special forces operatives train for years to be able to manage such weapons and handle all the problems they pose (barrel overheating, ammo jams, double feeds, recoil management, etc.). The idea that some senior citizen accountant can just pick up a machine gun and lay down thousands of rounds of effective fire in a sustained, 10-minute assault even though he had no experience with such weapons is completely ludicrous. - Mike Adams, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

5 October 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )

There is not much happening here. I have spent some time trying to learn how to use layers in GIMP to draw picture frames with wood grain. I did manage to draw some wood grain but was not satisfied with how it looked. Found a tutorial on using layers that I have just started to read and work through. Maybe by the end of today I'll have made some progress.

I started another pixel art piece that will not be framed but will be two colors with a transparent background so will appear like most of the single color ones that I have drawn. Started an new book on my Paperwhite. Still doing about 4 miles a day with Patches who right now is snoring on the couch.

Another of Rex Beach's many adventure novels with this one taking place in the oil fields of Texas. A very entertaining read with a compelling main character. This novel was used as the basis for a film in 1940 although the storyline in the film did not follow the book very closely. The book was published in 1922 so it took some time before being made into a movie whereas The Barrier was published in 1908 and made into silent films in 1913, 1916 and lastly in 1926. Beach had to have been one of the early writers that understood that the money was to be made by turning his books into films rather than selling books.

"Gun control isn’t a policy. It’s a moral panic. Like prohibition, it’s a xenophobic reaction to a different culture that shares the same country with them. Guns have come to embody a rural conservative culture in the minds of urban leftists the way that alcohol once embodied foreign immigrants to prohibition activists and the way that drugs represented urban decadence to rural America.
It’s why the “common sense solution” talk quickly gives way to broad denunciations of a “national gun culture”, of “white privilege”, of rural folk “clinging to their bibles and guns”, of American militarism and toxic masculinity, and of all the things for which guns are merely a symbol to the leftists who hate them.
A cultural critique is very different than a common sense solution. It isn’t guns that the left wants to ban. It’s people. It was never really about banning guns. It was always about the culture war." - Daniel Greenfield, Truck Control, It Only Happens Here And Other Gun Control Myths

The Lame Stream Media and politicians of all stripes are not wasting any time to start the hue and cry for more gun control. It started within 24 hours of the Las Vegas shooting with the usual demand that "assault rifles" must be banned so "this will never happen again". The article I cited above puts paid to that myth rather quickly.

But the anti-gun lobby is tilting at windmills. The number of gun deaths that they like to use are ALL deaths caused by a firearm with about 2/3rds of them being suicides. I have no idea how many of those suicides used an 'assault rifle' but I suspect it is few.

In 2015 there were a total of 9,616 firearm homicides with 252 of them attributed to rifles of ALL kinds. That 252 number compares favorably to the 1,544 knife homicides, 624 personal weapon (hands, fists, feet etc) homicides or the 437 blunt instrument (clubs, hammers etc) homicides. I have long been advocating that this country needs hammer control far more than 'assault rifle' control; hammers are far and away a bigger killer.

6 October 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )

Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA354 October 6, 1929

I was able to put a frame around a picture in GIMP yesterday using layers. It is complicated for a first time user of layers but I can see that it will be very useful to learn how to use them. The frame is just a small thing compared to what all can be done.

I'm about halfway with the pixel art drawing. Maybe get started on stained glass panel #47 today and/or this weekend. I have been thinking about how I am going to draw it and can not see any easy way. Keep putting off the start.

Not much News. Not much happening with me other than the continued pains from the psoriatic arthritis. I did get an email from the VA pharmacy that acetaminophen and ibuprofen have been prescribed and shipped (well maybe not shipped but they gave me a tracking #) . Generally, the treatment of psoriatic arthritis involves a combination of anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and exercise. This worked once before but I do not seem to be getting any better, not any worse but not better.

7 October 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )

Shopping day with breakfast at El Capitan where I got their Skillet again. That is the best they have on their limited menu. Their lodge looked to be full with quad & side by side ATVs and dirt bikes. They came into Hawthorne yesterday from Mammoth, CA and today they ride a loop to Bodie, CA and back to Hawthorne then back to Mammoth tomorrow.

This is called the Dick Allen Sierra Safari which started in 1978 for dirt bikes and is held every year. I'm only guessing but there must have been around 40 ATVs and maybe 20 motorcycles.

After getting groceries I pulled into my space at the Park where I was lined up with the sewer and dumped tanks. Took on fresh water and I should be good to go until I am at my next camp. The sewer hose tools were a must, my hands today could never have connected and disconnected the hose.

I made a start on stained glass panel #47 yesterday. As I thought it is going to be a tough one to draw on Canvas with Javascript. I am adding color but that adds very little to the difficulty, this would be as hard, maybe harder, to do as a line drawing. It would not be very difficult to do with a ruler on a piece of paper but still somewhat of a challenge to get the measurements right.

I have some terrible signal strength from Verizon today so connected to the Park WIFI. It is better but not what I consider good. I'll probably be able to use it this morning but when everyone gets up and all the overnighters start arriving this afternoon it will most likely get a lot worse.

The VA has sent my prescriptions to the UPS Store in Sierra Vista and they forwarded them yesterday. With any luck I will receive them on Tuesday. If unlucky they will end up getting sent back to Sierra Vista. My next problem will then be someplace where they can be re-sent. The next RV Park that I want to stay at is not responding so I'm not sure where I will be.

8 October 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )

This is the first of two Ukrainian patterns in two colors that are on the cross stitch web site. The second one is much bigger and I will do it but need a break. This one is small but almost every pixel had to be placed individually, that will be true of the larger pattern also. They are beautiful as pixel art or at greater magnification.

The high yesterday was 81° with an low this morning of 48. That high prompted me to get my small tower fan back in operation but will not be needed today is the forecast 66 come to pass. Tomorrow morning will be much colder also. The forecast is for it be 35 but I suspect it will be colder and winter gear will be worn.

Nothing happening here. I may cook some salmon fillets this morning for future 'linners' but that will probably be the extent of doing anything constructive. More drawing on panel #47 and more Paperwhite reading.

9 October 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )

I was a cold blustery day yesterday with a high of only 59° and gusts of 32mph. The expected 66 high certainly did not happen so I am somewhat dreading the 63 high that is forecast for today. They are calling for it to be calm so that is good.

I tried to set up the next pixel art drawing with two layers yesterday and failed. I'll go back and give it another go today by walking through the instructions again. Obviously I did not retain them from the first time.

This story goes a long way to highlight, but not explain, what the Democrat anti-gun lobby is thinking. The aren't! DUH

"During an October 8 appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) stressed that securing universal background checks for every gun sale both retail and private is required. When Tapper pointed out that the Vegas attacker had, in fact, passed background checks for firearms, Murphy argued that it is not fair to limit the gun control discussion to one attack.
Such checks would mean that gun purchasers buying privately would have to pass the same background check that was passed at retail by the Vegas attacker, the Alexandria attacker, the Orlando Pulse attacker, the Lafayette movie attacker, the Aurora movie theater attacker, both Fort Hood attackers, and the attacker who shot and wounded Gabby Giffords." - Awr Hawkins Every Gun Purchaser Should Be Required to Pass Same Background Check as Vegas Attacker

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.' - Ayn Rand

10 October 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )

I was slightly warmer yesterday than forecast with the low this morning at 36° with a wind chill of 31. Did not feel that cold because I was dressed for it. Today and tomorrow morning is expected to be warmer but then cold again on Thursday with morning lows back below 40. I'm not sure where my next camp will be next week but I'll be moving south and lower in elevation so it will be warmer.

I made a lot of good progress on the stained glass panel #47 yesterday. There remains a few more things to draw and then some experimenting with colors. Maybe finish it today or tomorrow. I was able to get two layers set up for the next pixel art piece. One layer for the picture frame and the second one for the art. I'll be working on the frame first so if I screw it up I can throw everything away and start over.

The only other thing going on in my life is the continued pain from the psoriatic arthritis flare up. The regimen that I am following is 10 days of 400mg three times a day of ibuprofen then 10 days of 500mg three times a day of acetaminophen. Rince and repeat until the inflammation goes away. The first flare up I had was back in 2011-12 and it took three cycles, or 60 day, before I had the pain back to a manageable level. I'm now nearing the completion of cycle #2 and still hurt a lot, not severe but a lot.

11 October 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )

The Harvey Weinstein soap opera has replaced the Las Vegas Massacre as News. The Las Vegas story has become so convoluted that it is just as well that the Lame Stream Media has dropped it and gone to Harvey's defense.

I care nothing about Harvey knowing full well that he will avoid any long term punishment. He will return in a year or two and be just as prominent within the Democrat Party as Bill Clinton. His accusers will be the ones that suffer.

What I want to know is what was the purpose and expected outcome of the Las Vegas Massacre? I can not believe that the alleged killer was the prime shooter. He may have played his part which I don't think went according to the plan but who was the puppeteer? More importantly, what next?

On 18 September 2017 I sent a Secure Message (that is VA speak for an email) asking my VA doctor to prescribe the acetaminophen and ibuprofen to treat my flare up or advise. It took a couple more Secure Messages to make that happen and then the long delivery time began. The prescription was received by Pharmacy and filled on 2 October, shipped on 5 October and received at my UPS Store on 6 October. It was then forwarded to me and I think it arrived at the RV Park P.O. Box yesterday. Maybe I will get it today?

Panel 47

A lot of coding for this Panel #47 and I used a lot of loops that reduced what it could have been. The coding was not all that complicated but getting the measurement right was the biggest difficulty. There are some slight errors in what you see but not more than a couple of pixels here and there so they are not noticeable. I could make the background any color but for this piece I have made it transparent so the background of the web page where it appears is the background for the piece. I think it is a striking but will not be doing panel #48 which is almost identical.

12 October 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )

The sun went down and the wind came up. Not too bad with gust of only 28 mph but it is blowing in some cold air. The next few mornings are all going to be near freezing per the forecast with high temperatures in the upper 50s and lower 60s. It is time for me to be winging south with the snowbird migration.

I did get my forwarded package yesterday. There was even a larger supply of the ibuprofen included than I expected. Enough for 9 cycles of the regimen that I have been on. My VA doctor has not told me to do anything different so I'll continue with the hope that it works as it it did once before. Getting the meds has been a worry on top of the pain.

I got two layers set up in GIMP again with one of them drawn as a frame for the art. My problem now is the layer that I want to draw the art on has guidelines that begin at the edge of the frame. This makes it doubly difficult to determine the pixel position on the cross stitch pattern and then find that same location on the art layer. I'm search for a solution for that problem before doing any drawing.

I think there is a lot of Wells personal life written into this book. He had multiple affairs, with his second wife's consent, that resulted in a son and daughter. Although the book was published in 1913 and the son was born in 1914 I can not help but think that his hoped for birth was on his mind. The son Robert West went on to also be an author (a Wells biography) and literary critic. Recommended for those that want to read all of Wells' work. "None of us knows much and most of us do not even know what is known." - H. G. Wells
I was surprised by how much I liked this as it is considered to be one of Wells' lesser novels. It's written as though it were a letter from a father to his adult son, explaining the path of his life and the affair he had. I found of the character of Lady Mary to be most interesting and perhaps the most radical of all Wells' heroines - a woman who didn't want to be a wife or mother, who wanted independence, her own money, space, beautiful clothes, and to make an impact. There was simply to place for her on earth in 1913 and there not be yet. - Customer review at goodreads.com

"Of course, as recently demonstrated in Las Vegas, the surveillance state cannot, or will not, keep Americans safe, in spite of their promises as written into the Patriot Act and every other one of their invasive, impotent, and misguided legislations. This is because passing laws is never about safety. It’s about control, and power, pure and simple. The Elected Ones openly defy their oath of office in broad daylight and the entire world witnesses the hubris, while the archaic Establishment Media abdicates their solemn responsibility to safeguard liberty, truth, and honor. Indeed, the propagandic purveyors of the Lamestream Media, have, instead, become the enemies of freedom via their intentional campaigns of misinformation and outright deception." - Doug “Uncola” Lynn, THE STAND: Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea

The Las Vegas story becomes more and more interesting as the original narrative unravels. I doubt that you will read this anywhere in the Lame Stream Media
"...upon the FBI searching the Mandalay Bay Hotel room used by CIA gun runner Stephen Paddock, a cell phone charger was discovered that had no accompanying phone—with SVR technology experts noting that this type of charger is used to charge a CP502520 3.0V 600mAh Li-MnO2 Non-rechargeable Thin Cell Battery used in various communication devices by both US Special Forces and CIA forces. The company making this unique lithium battery, this report details, is Ultralife Corporation, based in Newark, New York, that specializes in military communications systems for the Pentagon—and whose lead engineer for this particular communication systems development was John Beilman." - Jay Greenberg / NeonNettle, Key Witness in Las Vegas Shooting Kills Self and Daughter Following FBI Raid

13 October 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )

Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA355 October 13, 1929

I have been doing morning walks about twice a week to the 76 gas station and minimart (Golden Gate Petroleum) where I get a cup of coffee. At this station there are also 8 Tesla Charging Stations. I have never seen anyone at any of them getting charged but then again I can't imagine Tesla owners being up and about in Hawthorne, NV at 6:00am. I asked the clerk if the Stations were ever used and he said maybe 3-4 times a week - usually in the afternoon.

This morning was a last shopping trip while here and another breakfast at Maggie's Once Again. Limited menu had me going with just your plain sausage and eggs with home fries which were better than a lot of places. I also fill Desperado with gas so she will be ready to travel next week.

I needed some light reading and maybe a laugh or two after worrying about getting the meds necessary to stop the pain from this latest arthritic flare up. I'm not sure that the regimen will do it but without the ibuprofen I had no idea of what to do. This book provided some of that relief. The customer review 'gets it".
I loved this book! A series of letters from a fictional bushleague pitcher circa 1914 written by Ring Lardner ( a great sports journalist from the early 1900's ). If you liked to hear stories from you ole grandpas about times past etc you'll love this book. The vernacular is pure american. - Customer review at goodreads.com

I'll be doing housecleaning during the weekend and really do not look forward to it. I am hurting a lot when trying to get up and down. You have seen how 'ol folks have to rock back and forth to generate some launch speed so they can get up out of a chair - well I'm one of them!

The low was 32° this morning while we were out doing our walk and I could tell that is was lower than the forecast. Sunday morning is expected to be 31 so I'll be wearing my wool capote and maybe even a scarf because I'm guessing it will be below freezing. The high yesterday was 59 with a 65 forecast for today then back to 57 tomorrow. Winter is setting in!

14 October 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )

I got the toilet and sink cleaned in the bathroom early this morning. Did that as I multitasked by cooking some sardine and potato patties. I'll get the bathroom and kitchen floors vacumned also this morning but I'm not so sure about washing the floors. I can get down there to do them but it is the getting back up that is the problem. "Help I have fallen and can't get up!"

It was not too cold this morning with the low at 39° and a wind chill of 31. It is staying cold however with it up to only 43 by 9:00 and the expected high is to be 58. They weather guessers still think the low will be 31 tomorrow morning so I'll dress for even colder temperatures.

I was hoping to stop at my next camp for two weeks and then move on to 'winter quarters'. Have not been able to get confirmation from the RV Park that I want for the two weeks so will do a three day drive to my winter quarters with a couple overnight stops along the way. I'm not looking forward to doing that because I stiffen up while sitting and it is hell to get out of Desperado and walk after just a short time. But you do what you have to do.

U S Today published a list of the 50 Most Livable Cities in the United States. I assume one of their criteria was that the city had to have a population of over 50,000 because I scaned through the list and found none that was less than that. I also did not see any place on the list that appealed to me. The one city that I noticed is a suburb of Las Vegas and you would not know when you were there or in Las Vegas.

15 October 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )

I got Desperado's coach cleaned up yesterday. Today I see if I can get the cab vacumned, dash wiped down and windows washed. Probably later in the day when it warms up a little.

The low was only 32° and that happened after we finished our walk. I had on a thermal under layer, then a flannel shirt and my capote on top with my wool cap. Overdressed for a low that I thought would be below the forecast 31. It is staying cold, only up to 36-37 by 8:30am although the expected high is 70.

My next camp is going to be a quick reverse back to summer. I'll be stopping at a RV repair shop on the way into town to see about getting my A/C fixed. I'm going to need it!

The Tile Page of this book says "suggested by the play by Rex Beach and Paul Armstrong". It reads like a play and I don't think there was a lot of changes made in what was written for the stage. I could not find a lot written about the play but it did tour the United States prior to the book being published in 1910. What few play reviews I could find described it as being a farce or satire. Almost no book reviews and what few there are have nothing worthwhile to say. A comedic farce is probably the genre, don't expect too much and it is a pleasant read.

I went back and checked what I had written about the flare up I had back in 2011-2012. I was taking the usual over the counter Advil and Tylenol for a month or so and the pain was getting progressively worse.

Drove from Ajo, AZ to my VA provider in Pahrump, NV and she got me on a prescription level dosage which took a couple months before I was feeling better and stopped writing about the pain. I have now been 40 days on the regimen so it may be too soon to expect a 'cure' but from what I can remember I'm in less pain now than then. My feet feel better than they have for months. Start the 3rd cycle of ibuprofen today at noon which seems to always make an improvement since it is the inflammation fighter. We will see!

16 October 2017 Whiskey Flat RV Park (Hawthorne, NV )

I have almost all my household chores taken care of. The counter and stove top being the last thing to do after 'linner' today. I'll be on the road for the next three days so postings will be made when I can.

The low this morning was 34° but again that happened after we finished our walk. It was closer to the forecast 38 while we were out there then continued to get colder. It is warming up a little faster than it did yesterday and is expected to reach 75. Whereas my next camp is forecasting high temperatures in the mid 90s and me with no A/C. I am beginning to suspect unconscious masochistic weather selection is toying with me.

With just 16 hours of ibuprofen coursing through the system I felt a lot better this morning when I got up. Still hurt but not as much which is a good sign. I could also tell that the swelling at the base of my right thumb and right wrist had gone down some. I have hope!

"Science is no longer self-sufficient, isolated from moral ideas, an end in itself; it tends to become a mere agent of mob tyranny; it takes on gratuitous and incomprehensible duties and responsibilities; like the theology that it has supplanted, it has friendlier and friendlier dealings with the secular arm." - H . L. Mencken, Introduction to We Moderns by Edwin Muir

"If men had been equal at the beginning, they would never have risen above the savage. For in absolute equality even the concept of greatness could not have come into being. Inequality is the source of all advancement...He who is truly humble conceals even his humility." - Edwin Muir, We Moderns