Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Thursday Thirteen #173


This week marks the 95th anniversary of his birth. Since so much has been written about him,* I thought it would be refreshing to let him speak for himself.

1. When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

2. We want to build a world of peace where the weak are secure and the strong are just.

3. Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.

4. The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.

5. There are risks to any program of action. But they are far less than the long-range costs of inaction.

6. If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

7. I look forward to a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.

8. Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

9. Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.

10. Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.

11. The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.
12. Change is the law of life. And those who look only at the past or present are certain to miss the future.

13.  Democracy and defense are not substitutes for one another. Either alone with fail.

*Amazon lists more than 400 titles devoted solely to him. That doesn't count books written about his widow, his children, his brothers, or the Presidency.

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Auf Wiedersehen, Archie!

My oldest friend's six months' old flirtation with Archie Bunker is officially over. After only two dates, lots of emails and many dashed hopes on her part, she's moving on. Yea!

She's signed up for eHarmony and is going out with a lawyer on Saturday afternoon! Yea!

I don't care that he's a lawyer, she does. But I care that it's happening Saturday. For, if it's Saturday, then she's not spending this weekend with her cousin's family up in the mountains, 90 minutes away from her Beverly Hills home. I think this is a very good thing because her cousin is never going to be the support system my friend and her kids need. Instead of fleeing every weekend, spending an hour and a half in the car, she's going to be in her own neighborhood.

I wish she was putting down roots in Beverly Hills by attending a church or volunteering or joining a book group, because tying your wagon to a man is never a sure thing. But I'm happy she's reaching for happiness, right there where she is. Because, as Col. Potter once said on M*A*S*H, "If you're not where you are, you're nowhere."