Tag: Greatness

Quote of the Day: ‘A Great Man is Always Willing to be Little’

 

December 16 is sometimes attributed to be the birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, perhaps the greatest musical composer who ever lived. There’s no official birthday since there is no record. There is a record of him being baptized on the 17, and so they assume he was born the day before. [I like to think he was born two days before actually, the 15, and so it would make him born on my birthday!] It’s not just any birthday; it’s the 250th anniversary of his birth and should be a moment for reflection.

When one thinks of Beethoven, one’s thoughts have to go toward just how great a composer he was. We know of his greatness: the nine symphonies, the five piano concertos, the one violin concerto, the sixteen string quartets, the countless sonatas of various instrumentation, and so on, all of the highest craftsmanship and sublimity.

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Jimmy McGinty: When the Washington Sentinels left the stadium that day, there was no tickertape parade, no endorsement deals for sneakers or soda pop, or breakfast cereal. Just a locker to be cleaned out, and a ride home to catch. But what they didn’t know, was that their lives had been changed forever because they […]

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The outcome of the November election is irrelevant and was already decided long before any of the presidential candidates declared for the primary races. It was decided before the current president took office.  The American people long ago decided to turn away from God and enter into evil on a scope and scale that insured […]

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  So, this site has a down drumbeat at the moment, about the loss of our freedom and liberty. Many people apparently are harbor seditious feelings. The feeling appears to be that we are less free than in the good old days of yore, liberty is at an end, and the Federal Government is the […]

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What’s Still Great About America?

 

shutterstock_157520087As I take in the ever-expanding mosh pit of our politics and culture, I cannot help but come away frustrated, angry, and depressed about … well, everything. It is so easy to latch on to the things I don’t like, to fear the trends that seem so perilous to our future, to lament the rise of self-indulgent dependency, and to despise those so eager and willing to tread upon the rights and freedoms of others. You read the headlines, you consider the “values” we export, and you simply have to wonder whether we’ve squandered away our blessing, our greatness as a nation.

Our leaders, when they talk about America, just don’t seem to have much conviction in their words. Maybe that’s just my jaded ears. How sad is it that you have to go all the way back to Reagan’s speeches (thank heavens for YouTube) to reawaken that sense of belief, that sense of pride in our country and what it represented? I use the past tense intentionally, because I’m laboring to answer the question that follows.

The query I put to you: Despite all our wailing and gnashing of teeth at the state of our politics and culture today, what’s out there that you see that is still good, still true, still worthy of our faith, still worth fighting and dying for?  What are we taking for granted that we should be celebrating, promoting, and using to awaken the hope and trust of the people?