Hearing L saying how she looked to T as a model reminded me of the Iching, which I shared with L. In the passage called “The Gentle”, the Iching discusses the lasting effects of a gentle force always applied in a consistent direction. These changes are not as noticeable as those brought about by violence, such as the massive earthquakes that gives rise to mountains, and yet the gentle force is far more permanent, such as the winds that eventually erode them. The passage ends by suggesting that it helps to follow the great master, as this helps to maintain focus on the direction of that force. T is a terrific choice for such a master, a model of overcoming personal demons, a model of giving, and a model of accomplishment. I hope L follows that example, as one day she, too, will be a great master.
The television was mine. I had won. I defeated the elderly woman. That’ll show her who the boss is.
history will forget you and all that you have done. What’s worse, the world will forget us as a culture and everything that we’ve accomplished, and the universe will forget the earth, and that it had ever existed. In the end, nothing, the planet, the solar system, the galaxy, all of the probes we’ve sent out into deep space, all of our art, literature, architecture will all vanish.
I understand the obvious sexual interpretation of this line. But, in my innocent youth, this is not the meaning that I assigned to this song, and today, my youthful innocent interpretation is still my preferred for it.
Enjoy your holiday season. Feel the warmth of your loved ones, the comradery, the joy of family. I wish all of these blessings to you this holiday season and so much more. But I hope we can find a way to do better to think of others outside of the holiday season, as well as within the depths of it.