Monday, October 31, 2005


  • A lost cause is the only kind worth fighting for.

  • The first fifty years of life are a mistake.

  • The only way to teach (or to parent) is by example; all else is coercion.

    Blogger Richard Wolfe said...

    Why is a lost cause the only kind worth fighting for?

    No explanation was furnished in the Hollywood movie from which these words are lifted. (Yes, I am making you guess what movie.)

    But I will help you. If a cause is lost, then who is fighting for it? What lobbyists does it have?

    If it does not have lobbyists, then would you agree that it would be a cause that no one can make living off of?

    That's all for now.

    Except to note that it's not over until it's over.

    November 12, 2005 7:03 PM  
    Blogger Jim H said...

    "I guess this is just another lost cause, Mr. Paine. All you people don't know about the lost causes. Mr. Paine does. He said once they were the only causes worth fighting for. And he fought for them once, for the only reason that any man ever fights for them. Because of just one plain simple rule: 'Love thy neighbor.' And in this world today, full of hatred, a man who knows that one rule has a great trust. You know that rule, Mr. Paine. And I loved you for it, just as my father did. And you know that you fight for the lost causes harder than for any others. Yes, you even die for them. Like a man we both knew, Mr. Paine."

    November 14, 2005 10:14 AM  
    Blogger Richard Wolfe said...

    I didn't think it would take you long to come back with that one.

    It seems that I stand corrected once again. Capra does tell us why.

    But his reason seems different from mine. His is nobler, mine, perhaps more deductive.

    I've fixated on the lost-cause concept as a way out of life's being always shades of gray. The one sure way to know you're not being co-opted in your advocacy is if there's nobody who'll stand up for what you're advocating.

    Perhaps the altruistic definition works with the no-vested interest definition. That way, joining the American Nazi Party (a lost cause) wouldn't be worth fighting for.

    November 14, 2005 2:39 PM  

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