loren Eric Swanson: What are you trying to change?

Monday, May 08, 2006

What are you trying to change?

From Jay Lorenzen's blog

This is an inscription on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop in Westminster Abbey:

“When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits,I dreamed of changing the world.
As I grew older and wiser I discovered the world would not change ¯
So I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country,
But it too seemed immovable.
As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt,I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me,
But alas, they would have none of it.
And now I realize as I lie on my deathbed, if I had only changed myself first,
Then by example I might have changed my family,
From their inspiration and encouragement I would then have been able to better my country,
And who knows,I might have even changed the world.”


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