February 10th, 2007



This morning I found a couple of bits and pieces intended for future journal entries. Their context is lost to me since their writing, but it's interesting to stumble upon them nonetheless.

From 10 October 2006:
We are all too willing to make choices that aren't available in order to avoid the choices we must eventually face.

From 14 October 2006:
Not everyone wants to be well. The gospels don't record Jesus getting bogged in trying to make anyone want that. He doesn't shut anyone out, but He does move on. Perhaps that's part of recognizing the dignity of others' free will. I get frustrated when people don't seem to want to be well, but maybe I need to learn to let that go and move on.

Book meme from collated_wisdom

Tagged by lunasparrow:

1) Select a nearby book, turn to page 123, and copy the fifth to seventh or eighth sentences.
"Now the planners are asking their people not to blame the government, but to blame the depravity of the rich, because I turned out to be an irresponsible playboy, instead of the greedy capitalist I was expected to be. How were they to know, they're asking, that I would let them down? Well, true enough. How were they to know it?"

2) Explain what the context is. It may be more but also can be much less detailed than I have done.
This is part of Francisco D'Anconia's explanation of his recent actions to Dagny Taggart in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged (Chapter V, "The Climax of the D'Anconias").

3) Give a simple personal response to it. Again, this can be much shorter or longer than mine.
D'Anconia has far-reaching rationales for his seemingly meaningless actions, and he knows there are consequences to even giving an explanation at all. I can relate to that.

4) Find a picture to represent it. Linking a Google image search is simplest, or just provide the link.