Wednesday, May 24, 2017

“Wisdom begins in wonder.” - Socrates

From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual” by Arnold Kunst
I take great delight in the free expressions of my children as they unfold - life-long blossoms exhibiting ever-new wonders, each a universe as multifarious and beautiful as any external universe they grace with their wondering attention. Innocent, thorough, simple - each of them a god, as Emerson says somewhere, playing the fool.

“Forgiveness is giving up the idea of a better past.” – Ricardo Ferrari

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst:
May 24
'I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.'
- Abraham Lincoln

'Not to forgive is to be imprisoned by the past, by old grievances that do not permit life to proceed with new business. Not to forgive is to be locked into a sequence of act and response, of outrage and revenge, tit for tat, escalating always. The present is endlessly overwhelmed and devoured by the past.'
- Lance Morrow

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

“As long as you’re learning you’re not old.” - Anonymous

From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual” by Arnold Kunst
You and I are meant to adjust to new demands/choices/opportunities with the pliability of a goalie in a soccer match, tingling with all the excitement of life itself, darting at a milli-second’s notice to avert a goal.

“Life is tough, but it’s tougher when you’re stupid.” – Anonymous

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst:
May 23
The following editorial appeared in The Atlanta Confederacy just before the election of 1860, just before what looked like the formation of a thing called the Confederate States of America; 'let the consequences be what they may - whether the Potomac is crimsoned in human gore, and Pennsylvania Avenue is paved ten fathoms deep with mangled bodies, or whether the last vestige of liberty is swept from the face of the American continent, the South will never submit to such humiliation and degradation as the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln.'

'Every absurdity has a champion to defend it, for error is always talkative.'
- Oliver Goldsmith

Monday, May 22, 2017

Let me at 'em!

From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual” by Arnold Kunst
In 20, 30, 50 years the bloom of youth will have more than faded. There will be parts of my anatomy which, however firm now, will be sagging then. When I lift my arm off the table the part in the middle will leave last. My face may look like a prune, my thighs like congealed cottage cheese. Despite all that, I intend to emulate the playwright Samuel Beckett who said he wouldn't shed the ailments of old age for the vigor of youth even if he could - "not with the fire in me now."

Honesty is the best policy.

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst:
May 22
Lincoln advised a young man about becoming a lawyer that he 'resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer resolve to be honest without being a lawyer.'

'A horse of good breeding is not dishonored by his saddle.'
- Anonymous

Sunday, May 21, 2017

"Living vicariously is as silly as eating vicariously." - Arnold Kunst

From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual” by Arnold Kunst
I do not believe in vicarious living.