“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write .”
― John Adams, The Works Of John Adams, Second President Of The United States
“The longer I live, the more I read, the more patiently I think, and the more anxiously I inquire, the less I seem to know…Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly. This is enough.”
― John Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams
I have begun reading the founding fathers out of a desire to understand where this country came from and where it is suppose to go. (Also, I think I owe it to me to continue to learn so my brain doesn’t become concrete.) I think that I must agree with Mr. Adams however, that the more I struggle to know the less I actually do. I am beginning to realize, much to the dismay of my formal education, that the founding fathers actually knew how things are suppose to work, I am also beginning to understand that we tend to color our thinking with “feelings” and call them “facts”. I think we have lost the desire for the freedom that the founding fathers understood only to well.
It seems to me that the further we get away from the beginnings of anything, the more we mess things up. In order to understand the future of this great country or our own lives, we must study the past. Otherwise, we are condemned to commit the same mistakes over and over.