We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Difficulty...I learned a good deal about that in a number of lifes challenges, as most of us do, but one incident really impressed me.
The wife and I had been hiking part of the Appalachian Trail for about three days in North Carolina. It was fun, but the fun was getting a bit thin and we still had another fifteen miles to go to get to our car, which had been driven ahead for us.
We'd stopped to just enjoy some of the beauty and solitude, before hitting what we knew was going to be a tougher section. So as we sat in silence we hear another hiker coming toward us out of the tough section.
He stopped and we talked for about fiftenn minutes, then he said he had to move on. He was what is known as a thru hiker..he was doing the entire trail in one season.
We made sure he had granola, water and other essentials and he assured us that he did. So off he went.
My wife and I looked at each other in a kind of embarrassed shame, for our four day hike was pretty puny compared to this guys thru hike. But what really caused the embarassment was that this man was a double amputee, from the knees down. We didn't discuss with him the who,where,when,why's of it. It was to him what it was. He'd been fitted with prosthetic lower legs and feet, the shiny stainless steel showing beneath his hiking shorts.
There he was, alone doing a very difficult task........difficulty I do not believe was in this mans vocabulary, but you can bet challenge and fortitude were.
I often think of that encounter, and that man. I hope he is well.
Edward R. Morrow--his broadcasts from London, under the Blitz are still around. I heard a little piece of one once, and it was so eerie, so like the War of the Worlds--it must have been a helluva time to've been around.
The Constitution poses absolutely no threat to our form of government.
Buddy, You can get Ed Murrow's interviews on CD from Amazon..it's very good I hear and Ill probably get it.It's like 8 cd's with hours of hte 50's personalities. Somewhere his WWII broadcast exists I'm sure.
That is a good story, Habu. I taught for 28 years, 20 in high school. Towards the end of my career (I jumped ship...didn't retire) the process of 'streamlining' special ed kids began. Many teachers were not amenable to having special ed kids in their rooms, but I didn't mind, so I tended to have them all at one time or another. We had every disability you can imagine. Anyway, I was going to tell of a specific cool story about strength and fortitude in a kid with severe cerebral palsy, but I'll just say that all of those kids made me ponder my own weaknesses. It was a blessing to have them
As far as the quotation is concerned, ..not sure personifying history makes much sense. Murrow would have done well to say, "Difficulty is the excuse Americans never accept." Then we could laugh at how stupid the quotation is for present-day Americans.
"Difficulty is the excuse Americans never accept." Then we could laugh at how stupid the quotation is for present-day Americans."
You nailed that right on the head. I often wonder how so many of the Boomer (I call us Bummer) generation got so screwed up. I believe I know, at least I'm satisfied in my mind with how I feel. Seems like those of us that went to the left, well they left God and Country and they left all the sacrifices our forefathers made to create a truly great nation. It makes me terribly angry.