“How can I reason with an unread man?” – John Adams, second president of the United States of America.
“A citizen who is not involved in politics is not only useless but pathetic” – Plato
The reason I titled my blog site “Ligon Clan Law”: I was told “because I said so!” growing up and hated it – “Ligon Law!” was my answer to my kids. I believe my kids and I are very close – Ligon Clan. Ergo Ligon Clan Law.
On April 23, 1910, President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt gave a speech at the Sorbonne. It is a long speech but such a linguistically masterful comment on the American culture that it, in my opinion, qualifies as an icon of political thought right up there with the Gettysburg Address. It is chock full of insight into the pros and cons of America (including a scathing indictment of the media) that is still relevant today. Probably the most cited portion of his speech is The Man in the Arena. I learned of this at Marine boot camp Parris Island, S.C. I have tried to live it all my life. It’s good advice for all men.
The Man In the Arena
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”