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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Some Thoughts on the Recent Election

To all who are upset at the results of the Presidential election, remember this, from Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien:

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
And to those upset with the failure of California’s Proposition 62 (to eliminate the death penalty in the state), more from Lord of the Rings about Gollum:
“No, and I don’t want to,” said Frodo. “I can’t understand you. Do you mean to say that you, and the Elves, have let him live on after all those horrible deeds? Now at any rate he is as bad as an Orc, and just an enemy. He deserves death.”

“Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

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