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November 4th, 2008

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02:46 pm - A necessarily paradoxical thought
Idealism is great...as long as you realize that we have to live in the world as it is, and work with that, rather than demanding a non-existent utopia.

Sometimes idealism and national myths need deconstructing...but if we ever lose track of the stories that teach us to be better than we are, we will be utterly lost.

"We act as if the world were as it should be, to show it what it can be." --Angel
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Date:November 4th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
You bring to mind another quote:

"Can [an ordinary man] hate [the world] enough to change it, and yet love it enough to think it worth changing?"
-- G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
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Date:November 5th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes. I love GKC, he says so much truth in such memorable ways.
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Date:November 4th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
That is one of the reasons why "The Postman" will always have a place in my heart.
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Date:November 5th, 2008 07:37 am (UTC)
This is why I have such hope. Because from everything the President-Elect has said, he understands that. He doesn't have a magic wand. He knows this is going to be a lot of work, and everyone (in the country and very likely out of it) is going to need to pull together.

But we have hope, now. With hope, all things are possible.
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Date:November 5th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
Now, if the rest of the country understands it, we're good (I'm not at all sure they do).
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Date:November 6th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
Apparently more of the country understands it than I thought this time two days ago. That keeps me going.
Date:November 5th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
That's a wonderful quotation!

And it's funny how many things do come back to paradoxes, in the end.
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Date:November 5th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
Hey, Sarah. This is in response to your most recent post. I just wanted to say I'm so sorry you had to deal with such a disruptive person in your own LJ. Trolls are no fun.

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