The lamp-posts are poetical; not merely from accidental, but from essential causes. It is not merely the softening sentimental associations that belong to lamp-posts, the beautiful fact that aristocrats were hanged from them, or that intoxicated old gentlemen embrace them: the lamp-post really has the whole poetry of man, for no other creature can lift a flame so high and guard it so well. --G K Chesterton, London Times July 24, 1909.
"As she stood looking at it, wondering why there was a lamp-post in the middle of a wood and wondering what to do next, she heard a pitter patter of feet coming toward her..." (C S Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia)
Below is my letter to the editor for the Eagle Tribune. For the direct link, click HERE
It's time for the majority of us to take a break from politics.
Politics was never meant to be our obsessive focus or the sole purpose of our lives.
Indeed, politics at its best is what makes the life of the average citizen better, safer and more successful in her or his own endeavors.
Maybe your candidate for president lost; maybe he won. Take a deep breath. Now let it go.
Get back to enjoying your life: spend time with your family this Thanksgiving, get involved in your church helping the community, tidy-up your ski equipment or tune in to your favorite sitcom. Life will go on, and likely without much impact on your life.
I don't mean this election doesn't matter. It will have long-standing effects on our nation, for better or for worse. But that doesn't mean anyone needs to fall into a deep depression and let this consume their lives.
Enjoy the freedoms hard fought for by generations of Americans; freedoms that allow you not to allow the government to interfere with your life, your liberty or your pursuit of happiness.
Snuggle up with a good novel by your fireplace. Go visit your favorite local restaurant (the Tap? the Barking Dog? Kruegger's Flatbread?)
Come out for the Santa Parade this Sunday. Whatever you do, stop moping and worrying about the next resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. I think we've spent enough time, energy and emotional resources on this election for a while. It's the holidays. Cheer up!