Friday, September 19, 2008

Quote of the Day

Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket

- Eric Hoffer


At September 19, 2008 12:04 PM, Blogger L-girl said...

That makes me wonder if Eric Hoffer ever believed in a cause.

How did the movement, for example, to abolish slavery become a business?

Beware the man who must put down "causes". He may be too cynical to care about anything important.

At September 19, 2008 12:49 PM, Blogger David Cho said...

I agree that he is overstating this, but what he says has happened a lot.

Former National Review publisher Wick Allison quotes this in his endorsement of Obama. It's an interesting piece indeed, and his case for a thoughtful man who actually reads the federalist papers makes me think having watched a presidency dominated by mindless ideologues.

When he quotes Hoffer, Allison is speaking of the conservative movement whose state he deeply laments. I do too.

I like the quote because it makes me think of the church which started out as a subversive movement and had no intention of being an institution. Now the church and institutionalization are synonymous.

At September 19, 2008 2:04 PM, Blogger Friar Tuck said...

good quote.

At September 20, 2008 11:46 AM, Blogger L-girl said...

"I agree that he is overstating this, but what he says has happened a lot."

He has some very good things to say, but I cannot stand that aphoristic style of writing, where everything has to be reduced to slogans and sayings. I think most things in life are too complicated for that. His stuff comes off as reductionism to me.

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Sorry about scrubbing your comment at wmtc. It's a serious situation here, and my blog is 75% political, and it was just the wrong time for a joke.

At September 20, 2008 12:23 PM, Blogger David Cho said...

I agree. Lots of quotes can be just meaningless soundbites and slogans.

No problem there. Since I don't really keep up with Canadian politics, I guess I was a bit oblivious.

But my point of the joke still stands. More pupdates please :)

At September 20, 2008 2:51 PM, Blogger L-girl said...

Nothing much is happening with the pups, but I suppose I could post some pics. :)

At October 08, 2008 5:40 PM, Blogger The White Wave said...

I really like what you said about the Church becoming institutionalized. I see that all too often, in too many ways.

At October 09, 2008 9:45 PM, Blogger Barbara(aka Layla) said...

I didn't know you were back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At October 10, 2008 6:11 PM, Blogger heavens children said...

my feelings exactly now that I think about it


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