This and That, mental wanders
Frederick Douglass said in 1857, “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them.”
I don’t recall where I ran across this gem, but it does put into a capsule what human transactions are about. My friend Pete often said, “I’m so ashamed to be human.” Probably still says it, I just don’t hear it.
The idea is just as true in the singular as in the group context, but so much of what I read in the political thought is “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” But we keep taking it. Katrina, slimy beaches and government incompetence. We just take our licking and try to keep on ticking.
I ran across a thought provoking blogpost today. How do you choose your reading? I’ve pretty much given up on reading fiction, though I indulge in it a bit now and again. Robin Hanson says “Chase your non fiction reading,” that is, read as I do when I’m trying (unsuccessfully again) to solve some programming problem. Read to answer some question. I still prefer browsing, and chewing on juicy bits when I run into them. Looking for a quote I misremember and misattribute, I did find this from Samuel Johnson.
…”what we read with inclination makes a much stronger impression. If we read without inclination, half the mind is employed in fixing the attention; so there is but one half to be employed on what we read.”
And for your holiday weekend amusement a short video clip.
“I think it’s called ‘laughing as you sink’”
I would love to have my hands on baby Miranda, but there comes a point where Grandma is a bit of a pain, and I will attempt to not wear out my welcome. I’ve looked through the photos of Sevilla, and will do a blog post with the best of them soon. The Alcazar! The main must do of the day was getting Josh and Jessica’s present off. It’s been sitting here two weeks waiting for wrapping and mailing, so today I finally got that done. There’s a bridge game and possibly a little class this evening. I’ll teach if anyone shows up. Memorial day weekend is prompting a few maudlin moments, but fortunately they pass soon. No cemeteries near here with my people buried in them; maybe I’ll look up the festivities at the National Cemetery in Chalmette. We have a little Arlington right here.
So… meanwhile I have photos that I’ll never get to share unless I make the effort. Here’s a clip from my photo diary.
The first Saturday of the month, a group of dedicated volunteers from our little church helps the feeding ministry of Mount Olive AME. One time, one month I actually showed up to help. Mostly I’m a no show for some excuse or other. I snapped a photo of the church building, one I’ve taken several photos of over the years. The building was a Catholic church which I believe was purchased and relocated, or it may be in its original location, but it’s cypress construction, meticulously maintained and a beautiful building.