Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I Can't Help It

I laughed out loud while reading this.  From an article called "Engineers and Scientists: Similarities and Differences," written by Dr. Henry Petrowski, published in the Summer 2010 issue of The Bent of Tau Beta Pi:

He writes that everything made by scientists and engineers is in some way natural, because everything that exists in our world follows natural laws.

Cotton may be said to be a natural fabric, but cotton shirts do not occur in nature.  They are the product of harvesting, ginning, dying, spinning, weaving, sewing, and, perhaps the most unnatural of all processes,  marketing. If cotton feels better to wear than polyester, then so be it, but it is not necessarily because cotton is more natural than polyester.

1 comment:

  1. Come again, as South Africans say. Why should marketing be his most unnatural step? I have, you want, surely even prehistoric cave-men bartered??
    And if made by engineers is 'natural', then the Gulf oil leak is SO, not a problem. That oil is certainly made by nature.
    Or am I missing the point, that your magazine is satirical?