Sunday, May 31, 2009
"True philosophy," according to an elegant writer, "consists in doing all the good we can, in learning all the good we can, in teaching to others all the good we can, in bearing, to the best of our abilities, the various ills of life, and in enjoying with gratitude every honest pleasure that comes in our way." But to decide what are honest pleasures sometimes "pussies the will," particularly when those which our young and innocent hearts once joyed in are deemed sinful by church bigots. As in the case of a sectarian paper way down in the State of Georgia, which publishes a long string of resolutions against "popular amusements," including social games...However, a little reflection will convince anyone that this is all right. Does not the skipping rope end in the hangman's? Will not children who engage in blind man's bluff inevitably grow up "bluffers"...? And will not those who, on winter evenings, "grind the bottle," have the bottle to grind them into the gutter some day? Say, do not they who play "thimble" become "thimble riggers?" Is not a certain game of ball "base?"