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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Some Thoughts On Long Ago

As I watched one of my favorite shows ("Outlander"), I became grateful that I was born when I was. Though strife and turmoil comes in any age (I remember the Korean War, Vietnam, and so much more), we have learned to make our lives easier over the years. I think we forget how hard life was for those in the past. Because we didn't understand, lives were lost, routinely, due to injuries we no longer think of as important. A broken leg a hundred years ago could easily have led to the loss of that leg... or even one's life. I wonder how many patients died due to the trauma of a medical surgery? Even something like a flu could take your life. And it took many millions of lives in 1918. These days, the flu is more annoyance than important threat.

I was thinking about how we often ignore history as I watched that series which is adapted from an historical novel. We forget the very real threats and hardships we once faced. I grew up during the Cold War when we thought the world would obliterate humanity by nuclear holocaust. It is no longer a threat but could be again if the number of nations with nuclear weapons grows.

In case you were wondering, I didn't post on Friday because I was out of town... and lazy.


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Tal Hartsfeld said...

Collective Amnesiaism rules always.