"not so much"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 14 02:01:41 UTC 2010

On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 8:35 PM, Garson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 8:00 PM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Also, at my age, *anything* that's happened in the last fifteen or twenty
> years is ridiculously recent!

Ain't that the sad truth? An exchange between me a younger colleague:

WG. "You wouldn't remember this song, but your parents would. It dates
from the '40's."
YC.  "My parents wouldn't remember it, either. They weren't born till
the '60's."
WG. "Oh."

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

Once that we recognize that we do not err out of laziness, stupidity,
or evil intent, we can uncumber ourselves of the impossible burden of
trying to be permanently right. We can take seriously the proposition
that we could be in error, without necessarily deeming ourselves
idiotic or unworthy.
–Kathryn Schulz

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