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It is foolish to take sides in disputes, or seek some other place or mode of living, or to envy the future or the past; all desire is delusion. Even life is an uncertain good; death not a certain evil; one should have no prejudices against either of them. Best of all is a calm acceptance; not to reform the world, but to bear with it patiently; not to fever ourselves with progress, but to content ourselves with peace. —from Will and Ariel Durant’s The Story of Civilization

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3 replies to this post
  1. A very appropriate sentiment on this most polarized of election days. I appreciate the posting of such a sentiment.

  2. Unfortunately there is a class of folk who regard society as there play thing, something to be experimented on, awaiting the touch of genius that they know they have, whose bedrock is power, with more than a dash of incompetence and power hunger.

  3. Jesus commanded His disciples to go into every nation and make disciples. Is that not a commandment to seek reformation of the world?

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