Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Food For Thought from E.B. White


With tip of the hat to The Daily Dorkmonger ( a blog I read regularly and recommend highly) I offer you some food for thought in the form of a fabulous, thought provoking quote from E.B. White. To wit:

"It is easier for a man to be loyal to his club than to his
planet; the bylaws are shorter, and he is personally
acquainted with the other members." — E. B. White, 1899 - 1985.

In case you are a bit fuzzy on E.B. White, he was a formidable literary figure of the last century-- writer and editor at the old New Yorker Magazine, author not only of  The Elements of Style,( which is where I first encountered him years ago in my early writing career) but also of numerous essays and the classic children's books, Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web.

Clearly, he was also a keen observer of human behavior.I can't help but think of how appropriate this quote is today, especially in the light of a Congress that is in the pocket of big oil, and  a world wide corporate culture of greed.E.B. makes a good point. Time for all of us us to  think more about the planet and less about the club