One of my favorite little books is entitled: Man Is The Only Animal That Blushes Or Needs To. The Wisdom of Mark Twain The following nuggets of thought during the Season of Lent can be found:
“I have been reading the morning paper. I do it every morning – well knowing that I shall find in it the usual depravities and baseness and hypocrisies and cruelties that make up civilization, and cause me to put in the rest of the day pleading for the damnation of the human race.”
“The human race consists of the dangerously insane and such as are not.”
“If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”
“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.”
“Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.”
“It is a mistake that there is no bath that will cure people’s manners, but drowning would help.”
“It is not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.”
“Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.”
“If Christ were alive today, he would not be Christian.” Ouch!!!
Wow, one might think that Mark Twain was much a pessimist when it came to humanity. But, we know that he had a very rare sense of humor and keen ability to capture the reality of how we human beings sometimes can make this world worse than God ever intended it to be. The Season of Lent is a good time for all of us to take a realistic inventory of how we behave in this world. Like, I am asking myself all through Lent the following question, “Am I helping things be more like God would have them be?” It is a good question, at least for me.
Twain also said, “Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
Lent is a marvelous time to think and pray about just how we live before we die.
– Doug Fairbanks
Published on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 @ 8:33 AM EDT