May 10, 2011

ISN'T THE TRUE IMPORT OF THE DEED...:

The Force of the Deed (ROGER COHEN, 5/09/11, NY Times)

I must end with the deed. It was also Obama’s. He’s the guy who said: “It’s a go.” In the duel of Obama with Osama, there was something of fate. The president kept coming back to him. There is strength in humility. Sometimes you have to keep coming back.

Rilke, in a far different context, had this to say of Cézanne’s abiding obsession with apples and wine bottles: “And (like Van Gogh) he makes his ‘saints’ out of such things: and forces them — forces them — to be beautiful, to stand for the whole world and all joy and all glory, and he doesn’t know whether he has succeeded in making them do it for him. And sits in the garden like an old dog, the dog of his work that is calling him again and that beats him and lets him starve.”

For America, long starved of the satisfactions sustained purpose brings, the decade-old work is done.


...that in America even a gay, Kenyan, Muslim, socialist (add your own full moon Right epithet here) ultimately acts like a cowboy crusader?


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