Were 1800 authors better and more informed believers than those we encounter in today’s complicated technology-driven world?
I believe they might have been, for they still are quoted in the new millennium when a slowing down of frantic pace and a retake on thoughtfulness are capable of easing our tension.
What is gratefulness?
Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933) saw many changes in his lifetime, but is still quoted thusly in the 21st Century:
“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”
I am grateful today for the wisdom of 1800 authors who saw humankind for its true frailty and didn’t hesitate to try to help shape it into an acceptable and forgiving form.
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