And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Saturday, December 29, 2018
The internet is dishing some good thoughts about the New Year this morning
Nick Taleb has some good New Year's advice, I think:
File that one under the rule: "Keep it simple and do it often."
Mine? My rule is once a day, make someone smile. Could be anyone - the teller at the bank, the girl handing you your coffee at McDonald's - but just think of something that will brighten them up, then say it. Costs nothing. It gets easier to do once it becomes a habit.
He's trying to break a lifetime's habit of cursing, by replacing the curse with a prayer. Naturally, he has thoughts about that:
The Lord’s Prayer also has a hidden benefit. It has, at its core, one simple but profound request:
“Give. Us. This. Day.”
That’s it. That’s the real core of all prayers. That is the one request of the Lord without which nothing else matters. This day is what all our past, lost days flow towards and which all our future hoped-for days flow from. Without the gift of “This Day” the ones that have passed have no meaning and the ones that are to come have no potentiality. Both are but abstractions or, as the poet has it: