“Pitiless Publicity”

Issue 23 and Volume 81.

“Pitiless Publicity” ONCE in a while, or as often as you can stand it, it’s stimulating to turn to the words of the great thinkers. ¶ Ralph Waldo Emerson had no thought of fire protection when he wrote: “YOU cannot hide any secret. We are all physiognomists and penetrators of character, and things themselves are detective. There is no privacy that cannot be penetrated. No secret can be kept in the civilized world. Society is a masked ball, where every one hides his real character, and reveals it by hiding. If a man wishes to conceal anything he carries, those whom he meets know that he conceals somewhat, and usually know what he conceals. ’Tis as hard to hide as fire. He is a strong man who can hold down his opinion. A man cannot utter two or three sentences, without disclosing to intelligent ears precisely where he stands. The…

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