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  1. Dec 2017
    1. the desponding view that the condition of man cannot be ameliorated, that what has been, must ever be,

      This view that the condition of man, be it race, ethnicity, or social class, cannot be changed for the better (or maybe even seen as better) basically resulted in possibly the worst days history has ever seen.

  2. Nov 2017
    1. mathematical and physical sciences which advance the arts & administer to the health, the subsistence & comforts of human life:

      Interesting, that this sentence presents the notion that studying math and science is harnessed to establish and advance what is considered to be "the comfort zone" of human life.

    2. Rhetoric

      Knowing that American principles shared commonalities with those of the ancient Greeks makes the choice of "Rhetoric" as one of UVA's classes no surprise to the reader. It would have been interesting to see what this rhetoric class was like; could it have been a neo-Thinkery, similar to that seen in Aristophanes' The Clouds?

    3. Anglo-Saxon

      Interesting that the writers of this document - who spoke English - referred to their own language as belonging to its primitive ancestor. Beowulf was written in Old English, which (if you don't know) looks absolutely nothing like the English in this document, let alone the English we speak today. Now think about how far a cry Anglo-Saxon is from modern English. To claim that "Anglo-Saxon" and modern English are one and the same would be to make an abominable oversimplification of the similarities between these two languages.