Delving two years back into my Google+ archives I found this, and would like to share it:
“We should have a clear notion of what chivalry is. It is a form of preferential treatment that men once accorded to women generations ago, inspired by the sense that there was something special about women, that they deserve added respect, and that not doing so was uncouth, cowardly and essentially despicable.” ~Pier Massimo Forni
It’s not quite an adequate summary, and I will add that such ‘treatment’ involves all actions of Mind as well as Body, but I saved it nonetheless.
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.