Maxed Out Mama eavesdrops on European and other perplexity and revulsion that Americans, "fat, overpaid, self-important morons" that we are, especially those of us who staff or patronize travesties like Starbuck's, are so darned nice.
Not to worry. They figured it out. We have to be nice: we carry guns.
Bang-on. Or Spot-on. Or What Ever....
Or, to shift the burden of going forward, Why isn't everyone?
Tom over at Disputations spends a series of posts on the lively question of Justice. Whether or not one follows all the twists and turns of his considerations, the Thomist definition of the 'virtue of justice as "the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor" ' introduces a worthwhile focus. Not only the will to give others their due, loving to do so.
Who can I more completely "give his due" where I haven't yet, in thinking, speaking, or taking action?
The brilliant Richard Grant, MBTI guru, maintains that Justice is the virtue which preoccupies "NT"s. Could be right. :-)
David writes about the Wall Street Journal's report on "the panicky classes," that is, parents over-obsessed with children's performance in school and counter-productive pressure on their children.
One Manhattan tutor reflects on the consequences of the high-pressure efforts to get into a "top college." He sees a distressing number of children who are "completely burnt out and won't accomplish anything in college because they were driven through high school the way an associate is driven through a law firm."
When Sr. Dilys ran his first marathon, he returned frustrated and disappointed because he had gone flat-out too early. He soon adjusted that impulse. Unfortunately, the trajectory of childhood cannot be re-run.
On the other hand, David's friend Ginny does the circle tour of junior or community college experience, and second and third chances.
Austin American Statesman photographs (here by Rodolfo Gonzalez)
are consistently remarkable. This one has been color-and-texture-adjusted
afterwards in the computer by the in-house digital Art-Co for licensed private use; but the perspective, composition, and eloquently evocative subject matter were there from the beginning.
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