Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Clarence Darrow: Mr. Sunshine

I was paging through the autobiography of the great humanist lawyer Clarence Darrow - in a section merrily titled Delusion of Design and Purpose, no doubt banned from many public schools in the Idiot Belt - when I came across this gem of wisdom:

"The earth and its seas were never made; they are in constant flux, moved by cold and heat and rain, and with no design or purpose that can be fathomed by the wit of man. ...

Men have built faith from hopes. They have struggled and fought in despair. They have frantically clung to life because of the will to live. The best that we can do is to be kindly and helpful toward our friends and fellow passengers who are clinging to the same speck of dirt while we are drifting side by side to our common doom."
Sleep well tonight, kids!

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