First Blush

Reflections and sightings from [almost] daily jogging at dawn

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Sunrise 5:47: All too familar land


The female Dawn Jogger ambled though the Rodin scuplture garden this morning. Many loads are heavy inspiring Robert A. Heinlein to write in Stranger in a Strange Land:

This poor little caryatid has fallen under the load.
She's a good girl---look at her face. Serious,
unhappy at her failure, not blaming anyone, not
even the gods...and still trying to shoulder her
load, after she's crumpled under it.

But she's more than just good art denouncing bad
art; she's a symbol for every woman who ever
shouldered a load too heavy. But not alone
women---this symbol means every man and
woman who ever sweated out life in
uncomplaining fortitude until they crumpled under
their loads. It's courage...and victory.

Victory in defeat, there is none higher. She didn't
give up...she's still trying to lift that stone after it
has crushed her...she's all the unsung heroes who
couldn't make it but never quit
.

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