Sunday, August 25, 2013
From Jerry DeFrance
"Insanity in individuals is something rare..but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule." Friedrich Nietzsche
"The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer." Henry David Thoreau
"There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write." William Makepeace Thackeray
Early tomorrow, I go in to have some of the meniscus in my knee removed. I apparently tore it and it is so sore. I limp and it interferes with sleep a lot. So I will be a bit woozy for a while as it is same-day surgery, but general anesthesia.
Jer sent these to me (he will get them returned as he gets these postings in email) and I found them to be new to me and especially interesting. He knows how much I love quotes and aphorisms, and apparently knows how poorly read I am.
First, the Nietzsche quote is apparent in modern US politics and we can go back in history and pinpoint many examples. One of the reasons it is unfair to compare the hysteria of 1930's Germany to any other period; it had its own unique insanity.
The Thoreau quote is so fundamental to every human--to be listened to! Seems like we often just take turns talking rather than trying to understand what the other person is offering.
The last is especially appropriate for what I have been trying to do on this blog for a couple of years--put some of those thoughts down in a cogent fashion. Difficult for me, and if nothing else, gives me a sense of appreciation for those who perform the task well.