Monday, November 06, 2006

Quote for the day

As I slogged through the anti-Bellevue texts today, I was reminded of this quote, from one of my favorite philosophers. I shared it on one of those sites, but I wanted to share it with you, as well. I quote it thusly, and like so:

"I think, when one has been angry for a very long time, one gets used to it. Then it becomes comfortable, like old leather. And finally, it is so familiar one can't remember feeling any other way. But in the long run, we are the ones who are damaged by that kind of behavior. We are. Not them."

A laurel and a hearty handshake if you know the name of the philosopher--and no fair Googling.

--Mike

6 comments:

MKW said...

Mike,

Have you noticed how quickly topics get dropped by folks once they realize (on those rare occasions they do) that they have no valid argument? I don't know whether you debated in high school or college, but I did -- and when you get the critique from your judge(s) at the end of the round, dropped threads really stack up unfavorably in the overall analysis of the strength of your case.

Just an observation.

I applaud you for hanging in there and attempting to have intelligent and civil conversations about the issues, but I'm afraid most of the folks reading the other blogspot are not very well-equipped to handle such. "Pearls before swine," I believe our Lord called such exercises in futility.

But have no fear -- you are appreciated, my dear brother. Steady on.

M. Wilmoth

Mike Bratton said...

Mrs. Wilmouth (if I remember correctly, it's "Mrs."), we didn't have debate classes at my high school, but we did in college. No doubt that's where the Lord really let it get drilled into my mind that discussions and debates should be about ideas and points of view, not about emotions and personalities.

Modesty prevents me from sharing my grade in that class, though... heh heh heh...

--Mike

MKW said...

Modesty, Mike? You? If I put any faith at all in prevailing blogged opinions, I would think you had no virtues at all!!

Yes, it is definitely Mrs. -- but it's Wilmoth, not Wilmouth, contrary to the opinions of folks who think I talk 'way too much ...

(Disclaimer: That was an attempt at humor, folks, so no need to post back anonymously and agree with me.)

M. Wilmoth

Mike Bratton said...

Apologies, Mrs. Wilmoth.

But didn't I read some sage, somewhere recently say that the majority is always wrong?

--Mike

MKW said...

You know? Come to think of it, since a few folks have addressed me directly by name and have spelled it wrong, perhaps I am misspelling it myself. After all, if it's on the internet and the site is getting so many hits, it must be true. And it probably wouldn't matter how many times I asked for evidence that it was spelled one way or another, if one person speculated anonymously that there was a "u" in it, then surely I'm mean-spirited by claiming otherwise.

(Tongue planted firmly in cheek, of course ...)

M. Wilmoth

Mike Bratton said...

For those playing along at home, Mrs. Wilmoth (thanks to her husband) has given the correct answer with regard to the name of the philosopher quoted in the original post. However, since she chose not to give her answer openly, the contest itself is still going strong.

--Mike