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Ground Sense from Ground Zero

The Consolations of Philosophy

 "The nude Cynic fears no fire for his tub; if broken, he will make himself a new house to-morrow, or keep it repaired with clamps of lead."

Juvenal, Satires (XIV.308ff)

I got a job for $3 an hour distributing the ancient wisdom above in leaflet form to homeless people. All part of the Rockefeller social justice grant. Typically, the recipients ask me, "Who can afford a clamp of lead?" I tell them it is a metaphor to uplift their spirits. It might be metonomy, though. Back in the day I would have known.

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