Sunday, November 4, 2018

Evanston: a correction; a fairy tale; Armistice Day

        If you read the last entry before 7 or 8 PM US Central Time Friday you received wrong information.  I dropped a decimal point when I wrote that 1.4 grams equals ½ or 0.5 of an ounce.  The true number is 0.05 of an ounce, which is ten times more astounding and  about the weight of a half of a penny coin.  Truly almost beyond comprehension.  At least mine.


        I thank Ron for a link to a clever and amusing ‘fairy tale’ of how Leonard Cohen’s song, ‘Suzanne’, might have been written.


        A week from today will mark three momentous events:  my 77th birthday; the expiration of my driver’s license; and the 100th anniversary of the end of what was then hopefully but sadly wrongly called, “The War to End All Wars”.  
        One of these events may be slightly more significant than the others.
        Of all that I have read commemorating that anniversary by far the best is a long article in the SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE by William T. Vollman which is both accurate and moving.  Long and well worth your time.
        I just googled and the median age of the world population in the year 2000 was 26.4 years.  Presumably it is now slightly higher, but still half the people now living have been born since 1990.  I doubt very many of them read much history or have any understanding of how cataclysmic and significant WWI was.
        The American philosopher, George Santayana, wrote:  Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.