Men of Character

The great Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that “men of character are the conscience of the society to which they belong….(i)mpure men consider life as it is reflected in opinions, events and persons. They cannot see the action until it is done. Yet its moral element preexisted in the actor, and its quality as right or wrong it was easy to predict.”

Great men and women are usually easy to spot. They act honorably. They act peacefully. They act for the greater good and not their own glory. Abraham Lincoln. Martin Luther King Jr. Eliud Kipchoge. Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Their greatness preexisted in them, and when they acted, the quality of their actions were easy to predict. I don’t know how well our new government will act in 2021, but I am hopeful, and at the very least, (assuming they make it to work alive) I’m pretty sure the new can’t be any worse than the old. Thank you for reading my 56th blog.

Mark Inglis

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