The Cause of Internet and TV Addiction?
· “Aggressive and
· Pragmatic [guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory]
· [Could] have tended to suppress their 'clairvoyant faculties' in favour of practicality;”
· Free Republic: Forum: 'Norman and Saxon' (1100 A.D.) (a song written by Rudyard Kipling for C.R.L. Fletcher's ‘A History of England’; there is also a discussion, from 2003, after the song; I haven’t read the whole discussion, but it does mention some possible additional resources about relationships between Normans and Saxons such as the book ‘Ivanhoe’; I have personally heard that ‘Ivanhoe’ is boring because it is exceedingly descriptive)
“…Clairvoyance is more frequently found in the Celtic races than among Anglo-Saxons.”
“…the Celts are traditionally 'dreamers'.”
“The ancients were astounded by many perceived stereotypical characteristics of the Celts: they were
· Extremely large and tall in stature;
· They lacked manners and morals;
· Their skin was pale and flushed in anger;
· Their hair was red-gold and often bleached;
· They were often poorly groomed.
The Greeks and Romans also viewed their Celtic counterparts with suspicion.
· The men were seen as unrefined,
· The women as flamboyantly uninhibited.
· The were said to be pre-occupied with vanity, but
· Were given credit for their war-like nature of their men.
The Roman Ammianus Marcellinus writes:
‘A whole troop of
foreigners [i.e. Romans] would not be able to withstand a single
Greeks and Romans alike, to whom the Celts were contemporaries, also viewed the Celtic people as prodigious eaters and drinkers. Large feasts that lasted several days were a common occurrence in Celtic life…
Celtic social behaviour and interaction between the sexes was often misunderstood and misrepresented by contemporary writers and observers. Many accused the Celtic people of seriously lacking sexual restraint. In reality the Celts were not nearly as rampantly licentious as depicted. Differences is social conduct and moral code were all too often misread as simple promiscuity. There is a surviving account by the Roman writer Dio Cassius who quotes the rebuttal of a Celtic woman accused of promiscuity by a Roman matron:
[...] ‘We fulfill the demands of nature in a much better way than do you Roman women, for we consort openly with the best men, whereas you let yourselves be debauched in secret by the vilest.’”
“The practice of polygamy in Celtic society was carefully controlled and strictly regulated. Although Celtic men -- and on occasion women -- were permitted to have more than one mate, the laws surrounding these relationships were infinitely and meticulously detailed.”
“Whereas obesity was rather common and acceptable in
‘They try not to become stout and fat-bellied, and any young man who exceeds the standard length of the girdle is fined.’”
· ‘Specially marked by cunning,
· Despising their own inheritance in the hope of winning a greater,
· Eager after both gain and dominion,
· Given to imitation of all kinds,
· Holding a certain mean between lavishness and greediness…perhaps uniting, as they certainly did, these two seemingly opposite qualities. Their chief men were specially lavish through their desire of good report.
· They were, moreover, a race skilful in flattery, given to the study of eloquence, so that the very boys were orators, a race altogether unbridled unless held firmly down by the yoke of justice.
· They were enduring of toil, hunger, and cold whenever fortune laid it on them,
· Given to hunting and hawking,
· Delighting in…all the weapons and garb of war.’
That quick adaptability Geoffrey mentions expressed itself in the shrewd Norman willingness to
· Take on local men of talent, to
· Marry the high-born local women;
· Confidently illiterate Norman masters used the literate clerks of the church for their own purpose.
Their success at
assimilating was so thorough, few modern traces remain, whether in
“The Amish see many evils in the public schools, which is why they prefer their own private ones. In 1965, one Amish writer listed some of the things which concern parents about public schools, including being foreign to the Bible’s teachings; the appropriateness of companions, environment, and teachers; evolution, atheism, patriotism, and the quickly changing trends away from ideas important to the Amish.Today other concerns like the quality of education, drugs, and violence would certainly be added to the list. Amish schools serve to protect children from these influences.”
“By the 1860s, many
Mennonites had become used to the idea of voting, serving as school
directors, and even holding local offices. Generally, Republican Party
candidates got the Amish and Mennonite vote. Two notable exceptions were the
Hessian Amish at
“The Amish of Holmes Co., as described by several letters, were said to be wholly nonresistant and would not fight, but they would be happy to pay liberally for substitutes.”
“The Pennsylvania Dutch are direct descendants of the Hermunduri tribes, which existed directly to the north of Rome in early Roman times, and which a little later became the Alamanni tribe, taking in a few others (Alamanni means ‘all men’)…The Alamanni were admittedly the most formidable and competent of the Germanic tribes of the time, establishing even then a reputation for independence and rebellion...”