Friday’s Piece

“Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.”

(John Stuart Mill, 1806 – 1873)

John Lentell

30th May, 1970

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Monday’s Piece

“I don’t think women are really capable of great tenderness. We despise weakness and so harry it, and one needs great strength and great confidence for tenderness – women are seldom as confident as all that.”

(From ‘Letter for Tomorrow‘ by Rosemary Ross Skinner)

John Lentell

25th May, 1970

Thursday’s Piece

“Under normal circumstances, in their natural habitats, wild animals do not mutilate themselves, masturbate, attack their offspring, develop stomach ulcers, become fetishists, suffer from obesity, form homosexual pair-bonds, or commit murder. Among human city dwellers, needless to say, all of these things occur.”

(From The Human Zoo by Desmond Morris, 1928 – )

John Lentell

1st May, 1970

(Rejected for publication by the Rhodesia Herald for being in ‘poor taste’ )

Wednesday’s Piece

“If males wish to appear super-normally young, they can wear toupees to cover their bald heads, false teeth to fill their gaping mouths, and corsets to hold in their sagging bellies. Young executives, who wish to appear super-normally old, have been known to indulge in artificially greying of their juvenile hair.”

(From The Human Zoo by Desmond Morris, 1928 – )

John Lentell

1st May, 1970

Sunday’s Piece

“The Roman patricians of the year 33, the philosophers and the intellectuals would have been highly amused if they had been told that the unknown young Jew, tried by the procurator of a distant colony, who, so as to avoid complications, handed him over against his will to the crowd, would play an infinitely greater role than Caesar, would dominate the history of the Occident, and become the purest symbol of all humanity….”

(From Human Destiny by Pierre Lecomte du Noüy, 1883 – 1947)

John Lentell

28th April, 1970