online: 4 february 2019
modified: 14 januari 2019
14 januari 2019 large and small
is there a virtue in the small compared to the largeness? . . . as if one person is in one respect better than two, three or a large number . . . smallness is present as a virtue in christianity . . . where as largeness is not i think . . .
where does it come from this preference for smallness? . . . is it the individual?
and this dislike and distrust of the large . . . large, relative to what? . . . perhaps the tribe relative to the individual . . . yes, the individual being also a very large entity composed of myriads of particles . . .
one needs not to continue this catalogue of sizes to be sure that there is something in it . . . a paradox of scale . . . with human scale being given a privilege and in human scale being a bad thing . . .
but as i listed those categories i was aware of a strong like and
dislike for each of the extremes . . . plus a modest liking for modesty
. . . large is huge, terrific, enormous . . . such words bring liking
and approval . . . as if both large and small bring both approval and
disapproval . . .
i think there is little value in any of these distinctions of size . . .
so let's have done with them!
this all collection is however in some way tedious, being absolutely dull and not interesting in itself . . . whereas actual objects that arrive as large or small are much more delightful or
horrific . . .
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