No themes are so human as those that reflect for us, out of the confusion of life, the close connection of bliss and bale, of the things that help with the things that hurt, so dangling before us forever that bright hard medal, of so strange an alloy, one face of which is somebody's right and ease and the other somebody's pain and wrong.
The attempt of lavoisier to reform chemical nomenclature is premature. one single experiment may destroy the whole filiation of his terms; and his string of sulphates, sulphites, and sulphures, may have served no end than to have retarded the progress of science by a jargon, from the confusion of which time will be requisite to extricate us.
The competitive advantages the marketplace demands is someone more human, connected, and mature. someone with passion and energy, capable of seeing things as they are and negotiating multiple priorities as she makes useful decisions without angst. flexible in the face of change, resilient in the face of confusion. all of these attributes are choices, not talents, and all of them are available to you.
I am amazed that congressmen can pass a bill imposing severe penalties on anyone who burns the american flag, whereas they are responsible for burning that for which the flag stands: the united states as a territory, as a people, and as a biological manifestation. That is an example of our perennial confusion of symbols with realities.
In the greatest confusion there is still an open channel to the soul. it may be difficult to find because by midlife it is overgrown, and some of the wildest thickets that surround it grow out of what we describe as our education. but the channel is always there, and it is our business to keep it open, to have access to the deepest part of ourselves.
Be guided, only by the healer of the sick, the raiser of the dead, the friend of all who were afflicted and forlorn, the patient master who shed tears of compassion for our infirmities. we cannot but be right if we put all the rest away, and do everything in remembrance of him. there is no vengeance and no infliction of suffering in his life, i am sure. there can be no confusion in following him, and seeking for no other footsteps, i am certain!