Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

The Whiteness of the Whale

September 2021 Bar Bulletin

By Publius

Friends, when I attended the College of New Jersey at Princeton 250 years ago, I encountered a very interesting work in middle English by Bill Langland. You may have heard of it, Piers Plowman. Like Bill Blake, Mr. Langland invites readers to look beyond convention to what may exist beneath the surface, and to leave the unexamined life behind. More to my point, however, is the poem’s central theme: why is it that the three basic necessities to life — food, drink, and shelter — are not equally available to all? A good teacher, Mr. Langland leaves readers to discover the answer on their own. 

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