Mostly sitting around the house while the nose heals (basal cell surgery) gives me lots of time to read when I’m not taking a nap or engaged in medical appointments. Lots of time to follow the news, the “fake news”, and news about the “fake news,” and attempt to put things in perspective.
In the words of Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Jon Meacham: “In a twenty-first century hour when the presidency has more in common with reality television or professional wrestling, it’s useful to recall how the most consequential of our past presidents have unified and inspired with conscious dignity and conscientious efficiency.” (Bold and underlining added.) From his latest book: “The Soul of America – The Battle for Our Better Angels.”
His reference to the “Better Angels” comes from Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address, 1861:
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
Reality television and professional wrestling indeed; both seem to make more sense these days.