14 July 2009

Thought For The Day

“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm – but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” ~ T.S. Eliot

5 comments:

chaps said...

The majority of folks who call themselves liberal or progressive are, as Eliot says, just trying to think well of themselves. They believe their politics shows them to be nice people, kinder and more caring than those mean conservatives. The problem, as we are seeing so vividly these days, is that those people become tools of those on the far left who really want to do harm to our country.

Jonathan R. Allen said...

A good quote, and certainly applicable today.

However, I'd change ''“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. '' to ''MOST of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important.''

Things have changed somewhat since T.S. Eliot first penned these words, maybe my adjustment is needed?

Yeah, all the great writers need me to update their work. HAH!

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Anonymous said...

Richard, thought you might find this an interesting bit worthy of its own post:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/07/17/obama.slavery/index.html

"Katrina Browne, a descendant of wealthy Northerners, said she always thought slavery was confined to the South, until she began digging through her own family's history. She learned that her family, the DeWolfs, sailed ships from Bristol, Rhode Island, to West Africa, trading rum for African men, women and children in the late 1700s to early 1800s.

The DeWolf family brought more than 10,000 slaves from Africa, she said, and eventually became one of the wealthiest families in the nation as a result of its slave-trading business. Browne detailed her family's experience in a documentary last year called "Traces of the Trade: A story from the Deep North," as part of PBS's "Point of View" series."

And you've got nutcase Chris Matthews, who comments that "half the country" fought to end slavery. Complete shenanigans! I wonder what the Union slaveholder was fighting for? And why did the Union hit SC particularly hard? Hint: It had nothing to do with slavery which existed in many other states, rather they were the first to dissolve the Union.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Anon - Yes, I was aware of this story. I've posted on it before. Matthews was likely distracted by his tingling leg - give him a break.