This evening, due to a certain level of pain or something else (I’ll leave you to construct circumstances with basically no information) I am leaving off the more serious thoughts which I planned to write, and instead looking at something which has always bothered me in a small way: So-called ‘Inspirational Quotes’.
That’s right, I’m putting aside St. John Bosco for a bit and ranting; to be honest this is mostly because Life at Present is leaving me little time for solid thinking due to Things and Otherwise.
Now don’t get me wrong, many of these provide some food for thought. It’s just that some ‘food’ isn’t worth eating over many other options, and the message behind SO MANY is plain L.A.M.E.
Let’s take a look at a few random ones that I came across:
When he says ‘accomplish’, does he mean ‘accomplish within the ordinary limits of human physiology and physics’?
There are hundreds more. I didn’t even get to the ‘Believe in Yourself’ and other really sappy ones.
And I know, a lot are meant to be taken figuratively. Sure, they can put a certain light on a situation. I just don’t get why so many make a huge deal about them when there is better stuff like this:
He’s an excellent spiritual director. Just look up and reread that sentence.
Working well and being patient with others is mortification and a way to sanctity. It worked for Dominic Savio. He’s a saint now, largely because he listened to this good priest.
That’s all I really have time for tonight. Perhaps later on I will put my next poem on here along with Thoughts.
Pray for me!
2 thoughts on “‘Inspirational Quotes’”
“Gnostic raggabrash”? What a delightful new one.
A counter-point in defense of Walt Whitman: Sunflowers. He’s just telling you to abandon humanity, sink roots to the ground and turn face to the sky, and turn into a sunflower. One of those tall golden stalks, turning its head all day to follow the sun. A perfectly reasonable suggestion, honestly, with a solid foundation in Greek mythic tradition.
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Yes, I thought so too. It has a wonderful ring to it.
Hm, so he wants people to devolve from men to flowers? Sounds sketchy to me.