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Savage versus Civilized in the Ferriter Family

Posted by Seoirse on 9/30/2011 in Announcement | Commentary

Creation of the new Ferriter Family website moved me to a review of certain items that I had in hand, for inclusion on the site. A number of these are now posted as blog entries, including the following. None of these observations, speculations, and theories have been altered by the time that has passed between having been written and now…enjoy reading, and comment, please!


Sometimes it seems as if the family is spit into two camps: The savage and the civilized. What differentiates these two aspects seems at root to be fundamental difference in how the individual regards the law.

C: In the civilized camp, there are those who regard the Law of Man as an extension of Divine Law, or of mankind’s higher aspirations. Many such individuals become Lawyers, or enter honor-bound professions and strive to live according to the highest standards within those disciplines. Such people are well behaved, socially appropriate, work hard for the greater good, and leverage their God-given skills mightily such that all may benefit.

S: In the savage camp, there seems to exist a casual disregard for laws or rules of any sort, unless they have some immediate selfish benefit. These individuals may also attain high station in society, but more frequently become criminals or wild men. They may not be well behaved, personally or socially, unless there is some immediate benefit to be so. If they do attain prominence within a profession, one may see that the reasons for such advance were not altruistic, but rather due to some overweening skill, native intelligence, or casual good fortune.


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Know Your Ancestors

Patricia Clare Ferriter

photo b. April 25, 1909
d. December 31, 1994

  Patricia Clare Ferriter was born on April 25, 1909, in Dickinson, North Dakota, to John Ferriter and Katherine McNertney.  She began painting as a child when she was in bed for a full year with an illness.  In the late 1920s, Clare attended the Massachusetts School of Fine Arts.  From 1931-1933  she lived in the Philippines, where her father was stationed as an Army captain.  Part of the time she worked worked as an illustrator for The Manila Times, an English-language newspaper. It was at this job that she dropped her first name and from then on used the name "Clare Ferriter" exclusively. She... Read More