In 1885 I think it was, Chief Seattle told the White House that what befouls
the Earth befouls
the sons of the Earth.
He even added a new sentence: "Empty letters are good for cleaning that part of the body which befouls
itself time and again" (Confer unt [manes epistolae] ad eam corporis pattern mundandam, quae semet identidem inquinat, 186, lines 1995-96) -- a sentence which is related to the adage "Podex lotionem vincit" (The arse beats all efforts to wash it; Adagia 990).
Yet for a man up on the Platonic stratosphere, Ravelstein spends an inordinate amount of time shopping for expensive clothing (a $4500-sport jacket, which he immediately befouls
with strong espresso), furniture, food, and other self-indulgences.
The menace he's stalking this time: dirty energy, which contributes to global warming and befouls
the air in the world's cities.
In what should prove to be of substantial benefit to cities struggling to come into attainment with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), EPA has announced proposed rules to strengthen tailpipe standards on cars, minivans, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and light duty trucks and to require reductions of sulfur (which befouls
catalytic converters) in gasoline.
where `the wolf befouls
the wool' seems to have become `the wolf wants to sit', the scribe having misinterpreted a form of the wolle type as `will' rather than `wool'.
I do happen to feel, with Theodor Adorno, that writing a book is a very important ethical act, consuming so much of one's life; and that, in these disgusting times, a writer who does not pursue an alienating formalism (but rather tries to buck us up and tell us not to spit in the face of the present, instead of continuing to serve this corrupt and debauched society although it shits on every walk and befouls
every free breath), is, if not a pawn of the system (a lackey, we used to say), then probably a liar and a hypocrite.