Friday, October 15, 2010

Mine is a most peaceable disposition

I have a poster of Spiderman. I remember this cartoon character from my childhood. Then, as a boy, like now as a man, I was proud of my country, proud to be American. New York Yankees and Spiderman, my dog and me. The world was right. But of course things change, and we see the world differently. I change, but I'm still the same kid at heart, I like to think so. But the nation? The World? Maybe we all see things differently now.

"Mine is a most peaceable disposition. My wishes are: a humble cottage with a thatched roof, but a good bed, good food, the freshest milk and butter, flowers before my window, and a few fine trees before my door; and if God wants to make my happiness complete, He will grant me the joy of seeing some six or seven of my enemies hanging from those trees. Before their death I shall, moved in my heart, forgive them all the harm they did me in my lifetime. One must, it is true, forgive ones enemies-- but not before they have been hanged.

Heinrich Heine, "Gedanken und Einfalle"

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