Tuesday, December 25, 2018

T.S. Eliot and a Christmas wish

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. -- T. S. Eliot

This quote from poet T.S. Eliot haunts me.  What's the most important thing one learns on this long journey called life?   Will I look back one day and discover that what matters most, is what I lived and learned as a child?

About 15 years ago I heard the quote while watching and listening to one of the most powerful and incisive documentaries I've ever seen called, "The Fog of War".

Directed by Errol Morris, the film walks the viewer through 20th century American history as lived and told by Robert S. McNamara.  Don't be misled by the title; Mr. McNamara's heartfelt and detailed ruminations, the film clips, music by Phillip Glass, and the still photos, all work together to capture one hundred years of American experience above and beyond war involvement.

"The Fog of War" was an Academy Award Winner for best documentary feature in 2003 and I'll recommend it until the day I'm no longer able to write.

As I write today, I wish that you will know this Christmas season of 2018, as fondly as the one you knew for the first time.