It seems that with so many kneeling before our flag and during our national anthem, the majority of us have a hard time explaining why we stand.
Select the image above or the link below to read the article, be thankful and know why I stand, and maybe, it will help you stand stronger and taller this Memorial Day in remembrance of our fallen, perfect brethren.
Peter E. Greulich
Harry Emerson Fosdick wrote of the distinction between "starting power" and "staying power." I had been trying to put into words the effect of people's opinions expressed "in the raw" on social media on both myself and others around me. Sometimes it feels as though the "staying power" of whole generations is being attacked by this new outlet of unchecked, unverified, and too-many-times illiterate, opinions of the opinionated.
I know I need to refresh my "staying power." This is the topic Dr. Fosdick spoke on in 1935.
This is a short excerpt.
"Staying power is associated with a certain central integrity of conscience. Whatever else life may give or may deny, one thing is absolutely indispensable—that a man should not break faith with himself, that he should keep his honor bright. … that whatever else may fail he should not inwardly be a failure. …
"Whatever happens, a man living on high terms with himself, is the essence of "staying power."
Harry Emerson Fosdick, The Power to See It Through, 1935
If I had been sitting in the church pew this day in 1935, I would have shouted "Amen, Dr. Fosdick!"
“The women voters of the country are facing the first real test of their value as citizens. . …
“The truth seems to lie midway between these two extremes. ”
Sarah Schuyler Butler, June 1924
Peter E. Greulich
Pete has been studying IBM and early American corporate history since his retirement in 2011. These are his thoughts and musings, and of those whose biographies he has read with links to articles and book reviews on this website.