I mentioned in the greeting that our company was 12 years old last Friday which was St Patricks day. I love St Patricks day.
Here’s a little bit about an Irish feller called Oscar Wilde.
An interesting feller was Oscar. Born in 1854 so his writing is about 150 years old. Quite an elitist and probably a bit of a snob. He ended up dying in France from an ear infection from memory. Anyway he’s lucky that piece of Section 18C legislation wasn’t around in his day as he’d certainly have gone to prison sooner. In contrast he would certainly not get a jail sentence today for the “offence” that sent him to die in jail.
The thing about Oscar’s writing is that it could have been written yesterday. Some of his quotes remind us that life hasn’t really changed that much after all. We still complain about “them over there”. We still whinge about a perceived injustice. We still regret things that happened in the past. There's still too much ego flying about.
Here are a few Oscar Wilde quotes:
“What a pity that youth is wasted on the young.”
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.”
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”
“There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”
“The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.”
Now here’s your St Patricks Day treat. Put on the kettle, make yourself a tea and read Oscar’s fine story about the “Remarkable Rocket”. Just in case you don’t understand the context, in the beginning all the characters are rockets and things you’ve seen at a fireworks show. Most have since been banned in Australia which is probably why you still see many people attached to their hands! The ole fireworks have blown off many people’s hands as they pick up a rocket that hasn’t exploded TILL NOW – BOOM – there goes your hand. Now the kettle should be ready.
Here's a link to the “Remarkable Rocket” https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/w/wilde/oscar/happy/chapter5.html
See nothing has changed. We’re in a time warp of sameness.