Archive for October 11th, 2012


a core american debate

There’s a core American debate between “On the Road” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” “On the Road” suggests that happiness is to be found through freedom, wandering and autonomy. “It’s a Wonderful Life” suggests that happiness is found in the lifelong attachments that precede choice. It suggests that restraints can actually be blessings because they lead to connections that are deeper than temporary self-interest.

David Brooks, “Hey Mets, I Just Can’t Quit You,” New York Times (2012)


a moral and religious people

…we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

John Adams, letter to the Massachusetts militia (October 11, 1798)


move on

Dear Math, I am sick and tired of finding your “x.” Just accept the fact that she is gone. Move on, dude.

Author unknown, unsourced, various internet postings

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