A public declaration, usually of a prince, sovereign, or other person claiming large powers, showing his intentions, or proclaiming his opinions and motives in reference to some act done contemplated by him; as , a manifesto declaring the purpose of a prince to being war, and explaining his motives.
Easy, right? Eh . . . not so much.
They say to start with something you hold to be absolutely true.
An empty bookshelf indicates an empty mind.
I never judge a book by its cover.
I always judge people by their books.
More specifically, their lack of books.
I believe everyone likes to read; to claim otherwise is to lie to yourself.
The remedy is simple: go to your local library and get a library card.
You can borrow all kinds of books for free*, so be bold and adventurous:
Avoid my judgment.
* You may have to pay an initial fee (mine cost $3.00) and will have to pay any penalties for late returns.
This bold act brings to mind a similar case of some years ago.
Perhaps you’ve heard of the Townshend Acts?
Your education has been sadly neglected.
You must have heard of the Boston Tea Party, then?
Let the known facts be made clear:
An American company making substandard chocolate experienced a few bad quarters.
Do they improve the product?
No! They eliminate the competition.
They eliminate the competition.
They convince the American government to eliminate the competition.
No more British chocolate!
Say no to disgustingly higher-quality ingredients!
Berate the atrociously short shelf-life!
Ignore the tremendously superior flavor!
Oh, but we’re protecting Hershey, an iconic American business!
I imagine they said the same about the East India Company.
Imagine the savings – you won’t be paying nearly as much!
Hmm . . . you think the colonists didn’t think of that?
The inhabitants . . . who but a few months ago were in ease and affluence, have now, no other alternative than to stay and starve, or turn and beg. Endangered by the fire of their friends if they continue within the city, and plundered by the soldiery if they leave it. In their present condition they are prisoners without the hope of redemption, and in general attack for their relief, they would be exposed to the fury of both armies.
~ Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)
Huh . . . seems they valued liberty over artificial savings.
Does it really matter where your chocolate comes from as long as you get it?
Yes. Yes it does.
I am sick and tired of a government hell-bent on declaring what I can and cannot spend my money on.
You must by health insurance, even if you can’t afford it. If you don’t, we’ll fine you.
You may not buy British chocolate, even if you want to. Because we said so!
Why, hello there!
John Locke, meet John Locke:
Where does the madness end?
What other countries will fall foul of America’s predilection for cheap, low-quality merchandise?
Look out, China!
You know what, I don’t even particularly care for British chocolate.
You know what I like:
But I’m not too naive to see the writing on the wall:
First Britain, then Germany.
It is time for the fair citizens of this land to rise up against the gastronomic tyranny being imposed upon us!
That is, if we can get off the couch to begin with . . .
The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
As a matter of fact, I was only mostly dead – I mean sick.
And mostly dead is slightly alive . . .
I don’t get sick, except when I do.
According to my wife, I act like a baby when I’m sick.
Except that I don’t.
I actually took something stronger than acetaminophen – always a risky venture. What might happen this time?
Six hours of hallucinations?
Three days of amnesia-ridden drunken stupor?
None of the above, thank goodness.
I got better . . .
However, somewhere in that medication-induced bliss of recovery, I became inspired.
First, I found inspiration for a book. It combines my post “Haunted” and the inventory given me by @youarecarrying. Its raw form was inspired by Cloud Atlas, A Burnable Book, and M. Night Shyamalan. I haven’t quite decided if that’s good or bad.
Second, I decided to embark on a quest: a real-time version of Divine Comedy in tweet form. Look for it to begin on Good Friday! The handle and hashtag are in development. In fact, suggestions would be appreciated . . .
Third, I settled on a theme for my monthly “big idea” posts: Manifesto. Some time ago, Daily Prompt asked us to write a manifesto, and I never quite got around to it. Rather than write one extremely long post, I’ll break it into manageable sections. Look for Part 1 sometime before February!