I am reminded of three of my favorite books today.
From Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”Atticus Finch
It’s full of wonderful ideas plainly and profoundly stated.
“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”Atticus Finch
From Miguel de Cervantes’ “Don Quixote,” we get themes of idealism:
“For neither good nor evil can last for ever; and so it follows that as evil has lasted a long time, good must now be close at hand.”Narrator
Lastly, Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserable” hits on so many themes. His complex characters don’t have easy roads.
“If I speak, I am condemned. If I stay silent, I am damned.Jean Valjean
But they all live in a time like ours, filed with injustice. Hugo shows us how society’s callousness, led by the powerful, often put people in untenable situations with with no good outcome.
“If the soul is left in darkness sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.”Narrator
I might not have many policy agreements with Mitt Romney, but I’ve certainly found some admirable traits before.
John Roberts could have had a starring role in the impeachment trial.