Indeed, many of us are living much longer, more comfortably than ever before, but man (and woman, his constant companion, loved one and persistent goad) is ever a restless and striving spirit, tending to overlook the miracle of creation surrounding him and taking it for granted---muttering under his breath All that’s all right, Lord, but what have You done for us lately? That is, humankind is a relatively restless hybrid of animal animus and soulful longing,---some form of lust and spirit--- and is basically searching to bring these two clashing drives to some sort of harmonious balance. A seeming contradiction of values in the socio economic fabric of our culture makes this uneven and unreasonable imbalance of time frames seem contradictory and self vitiating. The eternal and the instant mundane reality. The here and now and the long range retrospection which either sanctifies the current action or not, and the hope that if wrong we can still rectify our mistakes as we progess and gain more insight.
way of stating this is that while hope does “ spring eternal” in most every breast
it is still a most fragile flower, and in most of humanity can wither or
shrivel if not nurtured by favorable or loving(?) care. And
the surrounding environment for nurturing is not always the most
optimum. In fact, as Dickens put it in a
Tale of Two Cities in a somewhat different
context….. “It was the best of times
and it was the worst of times”….referring to rebellious
Still another way of saying it, in the still immortal words of
As if he were giving the frail flower of human hope much needed nourishment and emotional sustainance by his very compassionate concern. A dose of real love, if you will. And today some echo of those dire times every politician seems to reprise. In Wall Street street parlance we are climbing another credit market crunch, another “Wall of Worry” market scenario; this time an overbought condition of too much credit extended in the form of mortgage loans to poor risk owners. But the extreme price swings, and price declines now reflect an oversold situation and correction of the value of the faulty loans of the past. A nourishing price rally back up from some of the recent losses seems now well underway.
and hope are counter forces in
life, and certainly in financial and
commercial situations, and the bargains
are certainly greater when rational decisions are forestalled by too much pessimism, but calm, cool logic devoid of “irrational”
emotional pressure is a classroom mirage, not a
real life scenario. In the Biblical account the Children
of Israel had to wander for
forty years in the desert because
their faith and hope had to be constantly reinforced with life sustaining manna daily,
and twice on the Sabbath, the day
of rest when no work was allowed,
and several times a week flights of pigeons would appear to assuage
their need for proteins. But despite
these manifest miracles they were still
a “stiff necked people” at times, and once even the sainted Moses doubted the Lord’s command to strike a certain desert rock to produce
the additional miracle of the much
needed water for his very thirsty Jews.
(Apparently the main reason Moses
was not allowed into
Faith, Hope and Love, still a triple threat prescription for the good life. Hope for me is still the centerpiece, but nourished by strong instances of Love when necessary, as in Roosevelt’s fireside chats, or, even better!, the miracle of the parting of the Sea of Reeds, when God revealed His awesome power. And Love and Faith are very necessary psychic nutrients to build the fragile flower of Hope into an enduring and strong emotional support to aspire to the full potential that one is capable of.
And for me to have the small temerity to ask one small hopeful favor----in the Super Bowl this Sunday (February 3rd) ----no severe injuries, please; may the best team win, and hopefully that will be the Giants, whom I have supported quietly but loyally for three quarters of a century! …. perhaps a few providential “innocent” turnovers that the Giants may benefit from somewhat…….