With this Winters 70+ temperatures,
T. S. Eliot's line from The Waste Land is literally true.
Five years ago I wrote the following:
Saturday, December 11, 2010
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” -Buddha*** We mortals are composed of two great schools--Enlightened knaves or else religious fools. --Abul 'Ala al Ma'arri (973-1057)*** "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!" -Auntie Mame ******************* Philosophy, History, Travel, the Arts, Whatever's on my Table...
For you, men of Greece, it is an unexpected gift which, even though nothing from my generous nature is unhoped-for, I grant to you—such a great gift that you would have been incapable of requesting it. All Greeks inhabiting Achaea and what is now known as the Peloponnesus, receive freedom with no taxation—something which none of you ever possessed in your most fortunate of times, for you were subject to others or to yourselves. Would that Greece were still at its peak as I grant you this gift, in order that more people might enjoy this favor of mine. For this reason I blame Time for exhausting prematurely the size of my favor. But even now it is not out of pity for you but out of goodwill that I bestow this benefaction, and I give it in exchange to your gods whose forethought for me on land and sea I have always experienced, because they granted me the opportunity of conferring such benefits. Other leaders have liberated cities, only Nero a province.