Doing Great Things

If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I want to remember this quote whenever I’m frustrated that I can’t save the country from itself, or the world from its history. Truly “Great People” are very rare, and I am certainly not one of them, but I am a small man who can act in a great way, and so I choose to. Hell, it’s better than being one of these big men who act so loudly in such small ways…

One of the small things I do every year is review college scholarship application essays for thedream.us. I’m reviewing some now, and I rediscovered this quote in one of the essays. There is so much suffering out there, and there are so many inspiring people fighting against it for themselves and on behalf of others. I choose to align myself with those who struggle against suffering: that’s the future I want for my country.

Walmart Prayer

Sunlight scattered by a ceiling of clouds, then again by the curved slant of pickup truck windows into a diffuse winter light that, even in April, recommends the selection of a heavier coat, but then again it may be an illusion produced by the the narrow scene within sliding door …

American Loser

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The American Fate

yet there is no avoiding time, the sea of time, the sea of memory and forgetfulness, the years of promise, gone and unrecoverable, of the land almost allowed to claim its better destiny, only to have the claim jumped by evildoers known all too well, and taken instead and held hostage to the future we must live in now forever. May we trust that this blessed ship is bound for some better shore…where the American fate, mercifully, failed to transpire…

– Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice