Friday January 20, 2006
I was thinking, this is the 20th. It nearly had to snow on January 20th, 1961, didn’t it? Else I wouldn’t have seen the inauguration on television and been enchanted.
The snowstorm blanketed the northeast. You weren’t the only one enchanted that morning.
Yes, I see. It was a part of the necessary package.
He moved the country far by what he was and by the manner of his sudden shocking public murder – just like Mr. Lincoln. The parallels are many and they are not inconsequential. Many a man in public life quietly tried to live his life in accordance with Mr. Lincoln’s ideals, you know.
I hadn’t thought of it, but of course it makes sense – so he continued to influence people and public life for more than a century after he died.
His work and his influence aren’t finished yet. No reason why they should be. Even after the change, you know, at another level people will continue to be living “normal” lives. People will be born, will be children, will be educated one way or another, will establish households and will support themselves, and have children of their own – you know. You must not under-rate the importance of what is called normal life. As we have told you more than once, even connection with the gods – so to speak – may be overdone.
I could write books about the America I used to love?
The America you do love – the ideal, and the inspiration. To do so you need to clear out a lot of other shrubbery.