Tuesday, March 31, 2009

'How Beautiful We Were'

From Van der Leun at American Digest, comes a lovely rebuttal to T.S. Eliot's cautionary verses about mankind (us) wrecking our own civilization. An excerpt:

"We told our children that any child could grow up to be President. And then we made it come true.

"We had car shows, boat shows, beauty shows and dog shows.

"We ran robots on the surface of Mars by remote control.

"Our women came from all over the world in all shapes and sizes hues and scents.

"We actually believed that all men are created equal and tried to make it come true.

"Everybody liked our movies and loved our television shows.

"We tried to educate everybody, whether they wanted it or not. Sometimes we succeeded.

"We did Levis.

"We held the torch high and hundreds of millions came. No matter what the cost. ..."

Included at the end, is this powerful insight from another titan, Carl Sandburg:

The People Yes

The people will live on.

The learning and blundering people will live on.

They will be tricked and sold and again sold.

And go back to the nourishing earth for rootholds,

The people so peculiar in renewal and comeback,

You can't laugh off their capacity to take it.

The mammoth rests between his cyclonic dramas.


Something to chew on when things seem bad.

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