Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Jimmy Carter's "Malaise Speech" Did Not Include The Word "Malaise"

Jimmy Carter's "Malaise Speech" did not include the word "malaise."

What Carter did say was to the point. It still is.

"Too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns," Carter told the nation. He said "fragmentation and self-interest" prevented Americans from tackling the energy crisis.

Who, for example, is Mitt Romney?

Of course we all know what Etch-a-Sketch owns.

Willard is a very successful man.

Obama, on the other hand, "hates success."

Trappist monk, Father Thomas Merton was once asked to write a chapter for a book entitled "Secrets of Success."  He replied: "If it so happened that I had once written a best-seller, this was a pure accident, due to inattention and naïveté, and I would take very good care never to do the same again.  If I had a message for my contemporaries, I said, it was surely this:  Be anything you like, be madmen, drunks, and bastards of every shape and form, but at all costs avoid one thing:  success."

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