Quote of the Day: Ambassadorial Wisdom

 

James Day Hodgson (1915-2012) was a politician and diplomat who served during the administrations of Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford, first as Secretary of Labor (1970-73) and later as Ambassador to Japan (1974-77). Many years after his retirement, Hodgson published a book titled American Senryu, a collection of senryū poetry written by Hodgson himself. Here is one of my favorite poems (in italics) from that book, including a bit of commentary by the author:

The exciting thought
That beauty is possible
Sustains us all.

As seen here, beauty encompasses the full range of a sensually satisfying process — a process that starts with conception, extends to execution, and triumphs in realization. In this sense, such things as a well-played game, a complex business deal, or a successful diplomatic venture are all “beautiful.”

In every sphere of activity, the prospect of a “beautiful” outcome is a powerful motivator of men.

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  1. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    I will carry that with me today!

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  2. Boss Mongo Member
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    Outstanding.  Thanks, Mike.

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  3. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Beautiful, Mike. When we are open to seeing beauty, we see it all around us. It can lighten our burdens and strengthen our resolve. Thanks.

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  4. RightAngles Member
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    I loved this, and had never heard of senryu before. Reminds me of Emerson’s “Beauty is its own excuse for being.” Thank you, Mike!

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  5. Kay of MT Inactive
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):
    I will carry that with me today!

    As will I, thank you Mike.

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  6. RightAngles Member
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    This great post is part of our Quote of the Day series. You can sign up for April here:

    http://ricochet.com/419286/quote-of-the-day-signup-and-schedule-for-april-2017/

    Don’t be shy, slackers!

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  7. MarciN Member
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    That’s a wonderful quote. It is so true. Thank you.

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  8. JcTPatriot Inactive
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    That is wonderful. Thank you, Mike.

    I finished reading your post and I looked out my window. I mowed and edged the front yard yesterday, and this morning I am watering it. There is a full blue sky and the sun is making the water on the grass look like diamonds.

    You are right, even for the grass outside my window. It is Beauty.

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  9. Judithann Campbell Member
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    Beautiful, thank you Mike :)

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  10. goldwaterwoman Thatcher
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    Thank you cheerleader man.

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  11. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    Thanks, everyone!

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  12. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    goldwaterwoman (View Comment):
    Thank you cheerleader man.

    Ha!

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  13. ctlaw Coolidge
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    Just wait until @10cents wakes up…

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  14. Quake Voter Inactive
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    Mike LaRoche: In every sphere of activity, the prospect of a “beautiful” outcome is a powerful motivator of men.

    And of one very large and misunderstood gorilla.

    Thanks Mike.

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  15. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    I have had a hard damn day. This helped me.

    Thanks again Mike.

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  16. Trinity Waters Inactive
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    Today we saw a one-legged Song Sparrow jumping after bugs on the ground in our campsite and were reminded that beauty and fulfillment are in your point of view.  He’s a happy bird, so to help him we cast out a few extra seeds.

    Thanks, Mike, for reminding us of the proliferation of beauty.

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  17. Trink Coolidge
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    I’m joining the chorus.  Thank you Mike :)

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