Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Transcending Tough Times

'Can anyone remember when the times were not hard and the money not scarce?'
--Ralph Waldo Emerson. To review earlier mentions of the great Transcendentalist poet, go here, here and here. Are you wondering what Transcendentalism is? Don't worry, you're not alone.

6 Comments:

At 1:25 AM, Anonymous Mr. Bluster said...

Thanks for that. It filled a nagging hole in my knowledge.

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I'm going to go out on a limb and assume you're being facetious.

 
At 11:22 AM, Anonymous Scott said...

I love this quote from Emerson, John. And really, it's very true. It speaks to whatever it is in each of us that takes such satisfaction from complaining. On the whole, I don't know that for me times are any better or worse than they were for my parents or grandparents. But there's something in me that wants to believe life was easier 50 years ago, so that's what I choose to think. It makes no sense, but it does make me feel better to whine about it every once in awhile!

 
At 11:27 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Scott, you said it well. Life is so very relative. And in the end, we do simply choose to think this or that about this or that. And evidence and rational inquiry aren't always the main drivers (for some folks, they're not ever the drivers). But we'll gladly forgive you for a modest bit of whining.

 
At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Mr. Bluster said...

No, not being facetious at all. Very interesting.

 
At 9:42 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Even better. But then, we like you whether you're teasing/joking or being serious.

 

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