Wednesday, April 27, 2005

that which we are, we are

Looking for something else, I chanced upon Tennyson's Ulysses (1842) one evening last week. I can't remember reading it since high school, so I reread it. Slowly. Wonderful stuff.

We are not now that strength which in the old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
I might just e mail it over to our new Pope. To have a responsibility as intimidating as the papal office thrust upon you at the age of 78, when retirement and rest would be more in order, requires a valiant heart.

Speaking of the Pope, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough expressed his chagrin at joining the 'lemmings' of the media who forsaw a violent rejection by American Catholics of Joseph Ratzinger's election as Pontiff. Yesterday ABC cited a full 81% of those polled as pleased with the choice of the new Pope, while only 13% claimed to be disappointed.

Kudos for Scarborough.

I, however, remain suspicious of polls, even when in agreement with their results.