Passion and All That is Superlative

“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are!”

Jane Eyre

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

“The stories we tell ourselves about our history don’t just shape our past. They shape our future as well.”

– Neil Oliver
The closing line of https://www.aleratv.com/video/22202

View the full set of “A History of Scotland” episodes here: https://www.aleratv.com/search?keyword=A%20history%20of%20scotland&search=videos

Edit 05-29-20: these gorgeous and substantive documentaries appear to be disappearing from the internet. I have found a few here: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7s0kgk

 

3 Men

It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.
Arnold Toynbee

If that is the case, then I request of the universe: three men.

Maybe now I’ll get one?

I recognize that is not the significance of this quote, but how could I resist?