22 January 2009

And you thought Emerson was just for English majors

Nothing terribly transcendental about this:

There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep.

Another of his classics that's fun to recite when one is feeling a bit . . . scattered, or when the kids are complaining about a change of plans:

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds...

6 comments:

Sarah D said...

So true. Love me some Emerson.

The biggest consistency in my children's lives is breakfast. My 3 yr old, like her mother, only likes to eat the same thing. For her, waffles, for me a Luna Bar and banana. Every. Morning.

Erich Heidenreich, DDS said...

I have a Roman Catholic friend who describes himself as an Emersonian-Catholic. What an oxymoron! I've never been able to figure him out.

I believe Emerson's "foolish consistency" statement was meant as an indictment of those who believe in moral absolutes. In other words, he is saying that at a higher level of consciousness one realizes that he does not have to think consistently from one day to the next. I would interpret this quote as an endorsement of moral relativism and situation ethics.

I would agree with the first quote - there is nothing as beautiful as a sleeping baby!

Reb. Mary said...

Erich: Yes, of course the end of the "foolish consistency" sentence is, "adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." But I really like the endless applications of the first part, and quote it unapologetically for my own purposes :)

Gauntlets said...

I enjoy consecrating for holy use the words of crackpots, too. They have a knack with language, those crackpots. :D

Beth said...

Ha! I love it. Yes, the words have many and varied applications...
I'm gonna have to use that first one as a quote on my Loopers signature, it quite sums up my life around here.

Sarah D said...

Sometimes a quote is just quote. I like quotes.