October 5 – was kind of solemn

was kind of solemn
laying back looking at stars
not one thing happened

From Huckleberry Finn;

We catched fish, and talked, and we took a swim now and then to keep off sleepiness. It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big still river, laying on our backs looking up at the stars, and we didn’t ever feel like talking loud, and it warn’t often that we laughed, only a kind of low chuckle. We had mighty good weather, as a general thing, and nothing ever happened to us at all, that night, nor the next, nor the next.”

― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Saturday morning and I should be enjoying a sleep in.

Of late, I find I enjoy getting up and having my coffee in the quiet of the morning.

It is kind of solemn, sitting in the quiet, drinking coffee, looking out the windows as nothing happens.

I start the think.

The waves I watched this summer.

The tide coming in.

The change of seasons.

Mankind’s mark on history.

Back in college, one of my classes was given a behind the scenes tour of the Gerald Ford Library in Ann Arbor.

The curator was holding a book the size of the D volume of the World Book Encyclopedia.

It was the MINUTE-BY-MINUTE log of ONE DAY in the Ford Presidency.

Ford was President for 895 days.

895 daily logs.

Possibly the most complete accounting of any life of any one one earth.

But did it record Ford’s thoughts?

What he had for lunch?

At some point did he have to search for a pencil and open a desk drawer and lost his train of thought when he came across something else in the drawer?

And how many people get to be President?

Winston Churchill’s OFFICAL biography runs to 9 volumes and 4 volumes of letters and documents.

Here is the point.

How complete is the written record?

On quiet mornings, when I consider the number of documents, articles, books, histories and memoirs that cover the human existence against what really went on.

Mankind’s mark on history.

I would have to say, not a thing happened.

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