August 23rd, 2011

storming the castle

The more things change

When the Athenian navy went to gather defense "contributions" following victory over the Persians at Salamis, the natives of the island of Andros were unwilling to pony up anything. The Athenians issued a veiled threat to the Androsians, saying,
We have two powerful gods who accompany us everywhere we go: Persuasion and Compulsion.
The Androsians replied,
We have two useless gods who refuse to leave us alone: Poverty and Inability.
Margaret Thatcher was right. Sooner or later, you do run out of other people's money.

Keeping faith

I updated my contact information with the National Marrow Donor Program today. I joined in 1994, when a 15-year-old Scout named Nathan Edmonds was searching for a marrow donor. I met Nathan when he attended a couple of our Evansville District United Methodist Scouts and Scouters Retreats. He was suffering from adrenoleukodystrophy. No suitable donor was found for him, and he died about a year after I signed up. But I have not forgotten, and for his sake I continue on the national registry, in case I could help some other person some day.