I like thick socks and heavy shirts because I live in a cold country, but all my theories are threadbare. -- Robert Bringhurst
... the familiar path, trodden by the Gnostic esotericists of the first century AD, from the problem of evil to cosmological dualism: evil exists because there is an evil power in the universe. This is, moreover, a distinctive mode of dualism [...]: evil is not just a power, it is a ruling power. The "conspiracy" inevitably stretches out to embrace the cover-up -- the creation and maintenance of a spurious (exoteric) reality in which people are trapped. The world is not as we are told it is; every apparently benign figure is a mask for "the authorities" (Greek exousiai in the Gnostic literature); every cover story must be disregarded or inverted -- just as certain Gnostics inverted the story of the Fall to discover that the serpent was an emissary of the true God, smuggled into the false creation to arm the trapped Adam with "knowledge of good and evil." It is by a precisely analogous esoteric manoeuvre that the "red-browns" [in Russia] have come to revere Stalin. -- Edmund Griffiths, on the search for hidden truths, TLS, January 30, 2009
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Pictured: 12th century cotton sock, found in Egypt, probably made in India. The knitter of this sock started work at the toe and then worked up towards the leg. The heel was made last and then attached to loops formed while knitting the leg. This ingenious practice allowed the heel to be easily replaced when it wore out (according to Wikipedia)