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I re-posted this Twitter thread on my Facebook page which was a description of some correspondence the author had recently received about the state of cities across the nation with all the recent unrest. My comment accompanying the Facebook post was “Rather depressing thread.” A well-meaning friend replied:
Jess, you should avoid depressing threads. I have read more good books — mostly history — in 2020 than in any previous year (retirement helps, but it’s not the sole cause). I also avoid MSM outlets like the plague, at least for national news. Good for my mental health!”
I understand where he is coming from. It’s probably good advice. But I’m not going to take it. Here was my response to my friend:
“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
“Yet panics, in some cases, have their uses; they produce as much good as hurt. Their duration is always short; the mind soon grows through them, and acquires a firmer habit than before.”
“I once felt all that kind of anger, which a man ought to feel, against the mean principles that are held by the Tories: a noted one, who kept a tavern at Amboy, was standing at his door, with as pretty a child in his hand, about eight or nine years old, as I ever saw, and after speaking his mind as freely as he thought was prudent, finished with this unfatherly expression, “Well! Give me peace in my day.” Not a man lives on the continent but fully believes that a separation must some time or other finally take place, and a generous parent should have said, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace;”and this single reflection, well applied, is sufficient to awaken every man to duty.”