olde_fashioned: (18th C. -- Greuze -- la simplicité)
Check THIS out. If only more girls could read this, and believe it, instead of buying into the lies printed in all those trash-mongering rags.

I wonder how many of us could make a total stranger's day if we stopped her on the street to tell her how beautiful she was? Especially (don't take this the wrong way) the "not-so-pretty" girls, who are never really going to hear it from more worldly, cruel, critical people. The ones who'd be more inclined to make fun of her lack of perfect figure, or point and snicker at some defect.

Maybe the next time we find something about a perfect stranger to admire, be it ever so small, we should take a moment to stop and tell her so. ♥

olde_fashioned: (writing -- Vermeer)
I don't quite know what led me to this train of thought, but I've been thinking. People in times past often left letters, journals, and other forms of the written word as one of their legacies. Think Samuel Pepys, or Anne Frank; both of whom are principally known for their diaries.

What are we, the modern and "technological" age, going to leave behind for posterity? Text messages? (OMG SRSLY!) Emails? (dude check out this link!) Chatroom conversations? (he is SOO HOTT!!!1) What happened to the age when people strove for perfection in self expression, dedicated themselves to cultivating excellent penmanship, and endeavoured to write letters not only worth reading, but worth rereading, and worth keeping?

When were we convinced that education (I mean true education, in the sense of the acquisition of knowledge, not that pursuit of a piece of paper from an institution that certifies you as having endured their method of brainwashing), was something not to be striven for, but scoffed at? When did being uninformed, not valuing books, and not caring about one's surroundings become "cool" and "hip" and desirable behaviour?

I write this not because I think I'm so special and I'm getting a kick out of showing everyone else how "special" I am because I'm "different". (That's another cliche I'm sick to death of hearing, about how we're all special because we're different, "only you can be you, and all that nonsense. We're all different from one another -- DUH! Have you ever heard of a fingerprint?) I write this because I'm concerned, and genuinely curious as to when this hand took ahold of the wheel of our civilization and steered us into dangerous waters. Can you see it? I can see it, but I can't trace it back to where it all started. Perhaps it was so gradual a transformation that no one can ever know the exact moment it began to happen, but hopefully, some of us can change this.

Let's bring back letter writing! (Hooray for inkwells and "dippy" pens, heck, even sealing wax and seals!) Let's start keeping journals and diaries! (Hooray for blank leather books!) Let's start expression ourselves intelligently like the beings created in God's image that we are.

It needn't be something devilishly clever, or fabulously well-written like something you'd read in a book (a good book, mind, not that trash which comprises the majority of modern fiction), but something beyond the mindless drivel that most of us, even myself, devote our creativity to.

Practice makes perfect. One small step at a time, let's start writing something worth leaving for posterity. ;-)

A Quote

Feb. 8th, 2008 06:26 pm
olde_fashioned: (N&S -- Margaret exquisite colouring)
This heads Chapter 17 of Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South. I love that she included appropriate quotations at the beginning of each of her chapters, and I really like this one. When I first read the book last summer I wrote out and saved the verse, rediscovering it only this afternoon while cleaning my room. ;-)

There are briars besetting every path... )
olde_fashioned: (cowboy)
Wait a minute, you might say. The Lone Ranger? Isn't that some cheesy old TV show from a million years ago with a "masked avenger" on a white stallion, as he defeats the outlaws and then rides away into the sunset? Yes, it was a TV show, and an old one at that. I've watched it, and it doesn't have the highest production values of anything I've ever seen, but I still think it's pretty good for it's day. Mostly I like the purity of the plots, how the good guys defeat the bad guys, without crossing the line and joining them in wrong doing.

I came across this in an article (strangely enough from a link on the Ramble board over at the Republic of Pemberley), but I never knew the Lone Ranger had a creed, nor have I ever seen it before. I like it a lot, and I think it would be a good standard to live by.

It's really too bad that there are precious heroes these days who are like The Lone Ranger. Come to think of it, it's too bad more real people don't live by these rules, too.

The Lone Ranger Creed

by Fran Striker

"I believe that to have a friend,
a man must be one.

That all men are created equal
and that everyone has within himself
the power to make this a better world.

That God put the firewood there
but that every man
must gather and light it himself.

In being prepared
physically, mentally, and morally
to fight when necessary
for that which is right.

That a man should make the most
of what equipment he has.

That 'This government,
of the people, by the people
and for the people'
shall live always.

That men should live by
the rule of what is best
for the greatest number.

That sooner or later...
we must settle with the world
and make payment for what we have taken.

That all things change but truth,
and that truth alone, lives on forever.

In my Creator, my country, my fellow man."

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olde_fashioned: (N&S -- Margaret black despair)
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.  )
olde_fashioned: (turquoise -- lady liberty)
It's been six years. Do you remember where you were when you heard? What you were doing, how you felt? Do you remember watching the television in horror, perhaps even crying, wondering what kind of monster would do this, how could a loving God let this happen?

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