Sunday, November 7, 2010

Nothing new under the sun

One of the frustrating things of being a writer (and, trust me, there are many) is thinking you've come up with this brilliant idea. Or way of describing something. Or turn of phrase. Only to learn that someone far more intelligent/famous/clever/popular has already said it.

If weren't for Facebook and Youtube, I probably would never know but this is what happened tonight:

Fleance is rarking up his disingenuous guests. He's telling them that they can't hold on to the what has gone before - the way of operating; holding on to past hurts and grievances. I.E. - get over it and move on. Yes, he concedes. Things are not going to be easy but it's time to change the way we think because the old ways of thinking have brought us pain.'

I think that's good advice, personally.

Cue being reminded, via Facebook, of a speech by an inspirational educator who recounts this quote:

'The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty. And we must rise with the occasion. Our case is new so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves and then we shall save our country.'(Abraham Lincoln, 1862)

Maybe I should just get Fleance to say 'Wot he said, innit?'

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