Weekend Words: Guide

Leonardo da Vinci, “Drawing of a flying machine” (c.1485), pen and ink on paper, 23 x 16 cm, Bibliothèque de l’Institut de France, Paris. (image via Web Gallery of Art)

A grim chapter of history came to a close on Monday with the death of the last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay, a little more than a week before the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Theodore (Dutch) Van Kirk, 93, was the plane’s navigator, who, according to the New York Times obituary, used “a hand-held sextant to guide with the stars.”

“To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

—Gospel of Luke, 1:79 (KJV)

“The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”

—Martin Luther King, Strength to Love

“After such knowledge, what forgiveness? Think now
History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors
And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions,
Guides us by vanities.”

—T. S. Eliot, “Gerontion”

“Reason guides but a small part of man, and the rest obeys feeling, true or false, and passion, good or bad.”

—Joseph Roux

“The question of whether violence or law shall prevail between states is the most vital of the problems of our eventful era, and the most serious in its repercussions. The beneficial results of a secure world peace are almost inconceivable, but even more inconceivable are the consequences of the threatening world war which many misguided people are prepared to precipitate.”

—Bertha von Suttner, 1905

“The wheel of the Good Law moves swiftly on. It grinds by night and day. The worthless husks it drives from out the golden grain, the refuse from the flour. The hand of fate guides the wheel; the revolutions mark the beatings of the heart of manifestation.”

—Helen P. Blavatsky, The Voice of the Silence

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