Sunday, November 16, 2008

Careful Calculation 11/16/08

Never was good work done without much trouble.

Chinese proverb

This is a Chinese version of Murphy's Law "If anything can go wrong. it will."

Too many people think expecting the worst and planning for it is dark and pessimistic. My mother was not known for having much wisdom, but one of the wisest things I ever heard was from her when she told me that when I was driving to always expect the other driver was going to do something foolish. That advice has saved me a lot of trouble and maybe even my life. If more people practiced that caution there would be a lot less road rage, I bet.

One of the most important work ever done in the history of the world was the establishment of the United States of America. From standing up to and defying our government, to finally beating them and throwing them out, was ablaze with troubles.

We didn't have the manpower to fight the well trained, well disciplined British Army. The money was not coming from the colonies to pay the troops or supply them properly. The politicians were all arguing with each other over what to do. Some of them wanted to stay in the British Empire. Others were putting their lives on the line to be independent. There were so many times we almost lost; so many times we almost gave up. There was nothing easy about it and no lack of trouble.

George Washington knew what serious trouble was first hand, starving troops, men dying of wounds, or abandoning him. And yet he went ahead and won. If he had lost he would probably have been taken back to London and died a traitor's death, being tortured to death in a public square.

Even after we won some of the conservative colonists wanted to make him king. And that would have put us right back where we started from. Fortunately Washington refused. He was a smart man.

We have our country today because he and others were willing to put up with the trouble and to get the job done. Thank you.

DB - Vagabond Journeys


a corgi said...

great entry DB! its neat they didn't give up but kept pushing through despite all odds


Big Mark 243 said...

I agree ... the entry title has a lot of wisdom in it as well ... measure twice, cut once.

I am trying that one out for size!!

Dannelle said...

"I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated."
More funny -Andersons Law Quotes

Just kidding around, I believe if "it's worth doing it's worth doing right" no matter how difficult it may be. Perserverance and forward HO- Dannelle

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

One of my philosophies is to not expect much from people, so you can be pleasantly surprised, but rarely disappointed.

Beth said...

It's hard to imagine the courage it took to do what Washington and others did. Great entry.