Humanity seen thru the looking glass of Edgar Allen Poe, 1844

by faithgibson on June 6, 2014

The following quote came taken from a letter that Poe wrote to James Russell Lowell in 1844, in which he apologizes for his “absence and slothfulness”.
This glimpse into EA Poe’s psyche not only reveals his own personal perspective but provide us with a functional idea of just how wide the spectrum is when it come to that basic existential question “what’s it all about?”, an eternal question made famous in our time in the 1983 Monty Python Movie “The Meaning of LIFE”.
“I live continually in a reverie of the future. I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6,000 years ago. The result will never vary — and to suppose that it will, is to suppose that the foregone man has lived in vain — that the foregone time is but the rudiment of the future — that the myriads who have perished have not been upon equal footing with ourselves — nor are we with our posterity. I cannot agree to lose sight of man the individual, in man the mass… You speak of “an estimate of my life” — and, from what I have already said, you will see that I have none to give. I have been too deeply conscious of the mutability and evanescence of temporal things, to give any continuous effort to anything — to be consistent in anything. My life has been whim — impulse — passion — a longing for solitude — a scorn of all things present, in an earnest desire for the future.”

May17-2011_all5of-us_favorite_2011My favorite (and only) son’s was born June 6th, which was also was the 21st anniversary of D-day.
So “Happy Birthday” to Todd Christopher Mathews.
He’s the tall handsome sweetheart on the far left. both of my daughters and my husband are in this 50th anniversary photo taken May 17th, 2011

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