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More on Tart Reform

May 24, 2012


DIANA writes:

Oscar Wilde was a horrible man, and I always feel bad quoting him.

But as regards fashion, he was dead on target: “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable we must alter it every six months.”

I totally agree that tart fashion is a form of aggression, however unconscious on the part of women – some women. (There are women who are completely aware of this.) A normal guy, being exposed to this provocation, has to ignore the provocation. This is a form of emasculation. The process starts at adolescence. No wonder we have so many messed up young guys.

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Carolyn writes:

Yes, Oscar Wilde was a horrible man, but so are we all. Not just theoretically, but truly and deeply, apart from the Redemption. Says St. Paul:

God, who said, “Light shall shine in darkness,” has shone in our hearts. . . .

I don’t think you should feel bad quoting him, Diana. I like to quote from his “Ballad of Reading Gaol.” For instance:

And thus we rust Life’s iron chain
Degraded and alone:
And some men curse, and some men weep,
And some men make no moan:
But God’s eternal Laws are kind
And break the heart of stone.

And every human heart that breaks,
In prison-cell or yard,
Is as that broken box that gave
Its treasure to the Lord,
And filled the unclean leper’s house
With the scent of costliest nard.

Ah! happy day they whose hearts can break
And peace of pardon win!
How else may man make straight his plan
And cleanse his soul from Sin?
How else but through a broken heart
May Lord Christ enter in?

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