Little Edith Ann is all about conscious endeavour.
Lately, I've been meandering through Thoreau's Walden and sifting for nuggets of gold. It's a pretty rich vein.
A line that struck me today expresses one of the great things about human nature, to wit, the fact that as flawed as we are we can with effort get better at almost anything we set our minds to. I tend to be a bit cynical about humankind. I'm no utopian and don't believe in human perfectibility. But it is an astonishing thing that while we can't remake the whole enchilada, we can make huge improvements on any number of specific things.
Here's how he put it:
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour.
WE COULD USE A LITTLE CONSCIOUS ENDEAVOUR on energy and climate change policy. The BP mess in the Gulf could lead to a push for major new legislation.
WILL WE BE STUPID OR SMART on dealing with deficits and economic recovery? The smart money may be on stupid but our hopes depend on smart.
ON THAT NOTE, here's a good editorial about the need for quick action for the unemployed.
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