Category Archives: personal views of Roger W. Smith

“After Racist Rage, Statues Fall”

  “For more than a year, members of the Baltimore City Council, like officials in many communities across the nation, had drifted indecisively about the fate of the city’s increasingly controversial Confederate monuments. Then, last weekend, white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., … Continue reading

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is it good to give to beggars?

    And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that … Continue reading

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a pregnant thought

      conveyed to me by a long time friend in a phone conversation this morning he was quoting a statement made by a philosophy professor in a college class he was enrolled in many years ago the statement, … Continue reading

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meddlers

    One of the best friends of my wife and myself is a married man with an adopted son; he has been a friend of ours forever. I admire him greatly for his intellect and personal qualities. He has a horrible family situation … … Continue reading

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Emerson and Whitman

    In his [Ralph Waldo Emerson’s] view the material creation is but an emblem of spiritual life. … To trace the operations of a subtle divine Presence in the mysteries of being—to ascend from the visible phenomena to universal … Continue reading

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Immersing Oneself Is To Be Desired

    If you trap the moment before it’s ripe, The tears of repentance you’ll certainly wipe; But if once you let the ripe moment go You can never wipe off the tears of woe.   — William Blake, “If … Continue reading

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Jonathan Swift on lawyers

    In which the author, Lemuel Gulliver, converses with his Houyhnhnm master and, “at his master’s command, informs him of the state of England.”     *****************************************************     I said, “there was a society of men among us, … Continue reading

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