Friday, September 04, 2009

Multitude

MULTITUDE, n. A crowd; the source of political wisdom and virtue. In a republic, the object of the statesman's adoration. "In a multitude of consellors there is wisdom," saith the proverb. If many men of equal individual wisdom are wiser than any one of them, it must be that they acquire the excess of wisdom by the mere act of getting together. Whence comes it? Obviously from nowhere — as well say that a range of mountains is higher than the single mountains composing it. A multitude is as wise as its wisest member if it obey him; if not, it is no wiser than its most foolish.

2009 Update: The many, of whom most are mainly martyrs and merely imagined. In most cases, one leader and a horde of grief.

Finishing the bread and fish
On the shore of Galilee
The Five thousand dared another wish
From him who gave his life for me.

St. James asked the holy seed
"Can you please this multitude?"
I could, indeed, The LORD agreed
But then they'd be but a few.
-Kierkegaard

13 comments:

Omnipotent Poobah said...

multitude (v) - To demonstrate various emoptional atitudes simultaneously. Ex. "Man that guy is a great multituder."

Ariel the Thief said...

Multitude, safety for the lamb, power for the wolf and food for the lion.

salling - Sally fell in salt water

pia said...

multitude: mass belief of lies

Like Kierkegaard

pia said...

Gatarode? Oh you crack me up

Karen said...

multitude: Just like days in a year. There are 365 of them. Some days are sunny, some rainy.

Hail is also a possibility, as is brimstone, fire, monsoons, tornadoes, sleet, snow, flooding, drought and famine.

TLP said...

Multitude: too many to count using all your fingers and toes.

Quilly said...

The Multitude here seems to have dwindled. I mean, gee, not even Doug showed up!

Verifier: tabelrat --no wonder folks aren't showing up!

TLP said...

How 'bout that Quilly? That Doug. lazy.

Jim said...

Multitude – there are multitudes of multitudes, i.e:
->multitude of sins;
->multitude of amendments, alterations and additions;
->multitude of bacteria;
->multitude of multimedia;
->multitude of options;
->multitude of casualties;
->multitude of opportunities;
->multitude of blogs;
->multitude of parties;
->multitude of multiples;
->multitude of stars; and
->multitude of characters.

Those were the first 20 listed by Google. 'Multitude of sins' had the most.
And of course there are a multitude of others in the next26,499,980 occurrences of 'multitude' for use by the most adept of the lexiconers.
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Anonymous said...

even with a multitude
of options
you can not please
all the people
all the time
if ever


peace

cooper said...

The attitude of the cable channel flicking couch potatoes.

Doug you're not burning are you?

Cuddling?

He's probably part of the lucky multitude traveling for the holiday.

Doug said...

Makes sense, Poobah. And which of us isn't?

Ariel, I wish I'd said that.

Pia, simple chemistry, no?

Karen, Sunny with a 50% chance of brimstone. That's been the actual prediction for these parts lately.

TLP, I too count 18, 19, 20, infinity.

Quilly, sorry for my contribution to the shrinkage.

A multitude of multitudes, Jim. Clever.

Bear, we can only do our best.

Coop, no (not yet) and thank you for asking. That was big nasty one, for sure. Anytime you catch me on an anti-government birther rant, feel free to remind me of the spectacular job the firefighters did this last week.

weirsdo said...

Swinish ones.