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A lovely and timely quote from Henry David Thoreau...
Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downwards through the mud and slush of opinion and tradition, and pride and prejudice, appearance and delusion...
till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place which we can call reality and say,
"This is and no mistake."
Isn't that a wonderful image?
Courtesy of PublicDomainPicture.net
Anyone who's ever sat on a riverbank wriggling their toes in the green-y mud down to the cool, water-smoothed limestone below, you know how reassuring that solid, non-slip footing is.
Today - when life and especially politics! - seem especially slimy with opinion and lies... well, a fact that's an actual FACT is a comfort. I believe strongly that at this moment it is our civic duty to wriggle down through the muck to find truth.
Then to act on that.
The surface under our feet is shifting at this moment - rules for healthcare, the environment, the internet, education, immigration, trade, foreign wars and relations - all changing. We need to let our legislators know what we need and want RIGHT NOW.
We each need to figure out what truth we stand on.
(Thanks to Chris Tucker's review of the new Thoreau biography for reminding me of this Walden quote. Time to reread that book... and to look for that new bio: Thoreau: a Life by Laura Dassow Walls.)