Monday, June 16, 2014

Rolling around with Tolstoy






I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious of truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues , which they have proudly taught to others and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.

Tolstoy

I love that quote -- have been rolling it round and round in my mouth (I wish I spoke Russian!) as I go about my day. It pertains to the growing debacle in Iraq, and it pertains to the federal re-scheduling of medical marijuana and it pertains to our recent discussion of special education and private/public schools. It pertains to my earlier lament about Sophie's summer school location and this article I read today about the biggest house in Los Angeles being built, a whopping 85,000 square feet, valued at $150 million dollars.

Roll it around, baby, roll it around.

And P.S. One of my seesters reminded me that it also pertains to the NRA and 2nd Amendmenters and their inane arguments against gun control.

2 comments:

Ms. Moon said...

Oh my Jesus god on the house. Really? And I feel guilty about living in a house bigger than I need when it is over a hundred and fifty years old and no one is tearing down anything.
Although there are several trees which need to come out due to disease.
The longer I live in this world, the less I understand it.
I know what I know, though, and I know I care deeply for you and for yours.

Jill said...

That quote is perfect. Sort of related is one of my favorite quotes which I keep taped to my monitor at work to remind me of its truth. "No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self-deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind." -Miguel de Cervantes, novelist (1547-1616)

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