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The more this knowledge that things are necessary
Is applied to individual things
Which we imagine more distinctly
And more vividly
The greater is the power of the mind over the mind over the emotions
A fact to which experience also testifies

For we see the sorrow for the loss of anything good is diminished
If the person who has lost it
Considers that it could not
By any possibility
Have been preserved

So also, we see that nobody pities an infant
Because it does not know how to speak, walk, or reason
And lives so many years not conscious, as it were
of itself

But if a number of human beings
Were born adult
And only a few here and there were born infants
Everyone would pity the infants
Because we should then consider infancy
Not as a thing natural and necessary
But as a defect or fault of nature


from Hymnal for the First Church of the Secular Society, released November 2, 2020
lyrics: Baruch Spinoza, 1632-77
music: Lloyd Brodnax King
cover art: Oli Watt


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Lloyd Brodnax King Chicago, Illinois

Studied flute with Marcel Moyse and James Moody. Recorded Lloyd Brodnax King Trio live at DePaul with Fareed Haque and Larry Gray. Won an NEA fellowship in composition. Won a Jeff. Recorded with Poi Dog Pondering. Created The Obscure News podcast and the Dishwater Gray Playlist. Currently a prof at Lake Forest College and performing with Funkadesi, Sun Ensemble, and Michael J. Miles. ... more

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