I finally saw “Hamilton” last night. I feel like the last person in the country to see it for the first time.
It was, of course, amazing.
But it had me thinking about how much of the present depends upon quick, split-second acts in the past. More specifically, I’ve been thinking about John Laurens, friend of Alexander Hamilton, soldier and abolitionist.
He was shot and killed at the tail-end of the Revolutionary War. He had wanted to emancipate 3000 slaves and create a regiment to fight for freedom and I can’t help but wonder what would have happened had he succeeded.
What if slavery ended along with our ties to the British crown? England abolished slavery in 1807 and throughout the colonies in 1833. What if this new nation led the way in that regard?
How different the country might be now.
But instead, Laurens was shot in his saddle, his ideas gone with him.
And that’s what’s in my head today. Have a great Wednesday.
Hard to believe it’s already Monday. And harder to believe it’s nearly August. But you already know time and I have a tenuous relationship.
It’s gloomy today, it might be raining, I can’t really tell, and I’m not sure where, exactly, the weekend went. I’d like to meet the week with renewed enthusiasm, but I haven’t had enough coffee and I still have to empty the dishwasher.
Such is life.
And since I have not much to report while waiting for my brain to reboot, I’m just going to share this tweet that made me laugh aloud.
And now we’re nearly through July. Not sure how it keeps flying like this, but it sure does.
It wasn’t a terribly productive week, as I was caught up in the world and other stuff, so the writing is nothing really to report. It was an odd week; there was the pre-Mueller testimony, the testimony and the post-Mueller testimony.
And there was some personal stuff as well, to layer on to the political madness.
As happens in 2019.
Fitness was great though, five days, five workouts.
I spent a good chunk of the morning watching the Mueller hearing. I got caught up in other things and missed some of it, but overall, it likely raised my blood pressure by a billion points.
Yes, I think that’s accurate.
I ended up pausing it, and it turns out I haven’t missed much.
They’re starting up again shortly though.
Sadly I think that there will be no objective reality to the way these hearings are later described, though reality existed during them. It seems that once there’s a story to tell, the story is told, despite the clear, unrelenting evidence that this regime is illegitimate, that the usurper in the White House is protected by the very fruits of his crimes.
That’s, ironically, some Russian literature-level twist.
So I’m off to watch Democracy smolder, if not outright burn. I hope you have a good day regardless.
It’s not even hot anymore, so that’s not the source of irritation. It’s just one of those days where I’ve hit my limit of…well…everything.
The constant grind of the autocratic heel, the outrageous things people say to out outrageous one another, the rise of ridiculous so-called “world leaders,” unending complaints big and small, all of it.
And I got enough sleep, so it’s not that. I could be cooking a headache, that’s a possibility, and I have my suspicions about the origins. But sometimes everything is just annoying.
Even my overuse of “just.”
My patience is low, and that’s the way it is today. And I spilled coffee on the carpet.
Anyway, I’m off to try to center myself or something equally as unlikely. I hope you have a lovely Tuesday free of the grump virus.