Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happiness from Knowledge

“There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature.
Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.”

The more I learn about George Washington, the more I respect and admire him. Living somewhat near his estate of Mt. Vernon, I have had the opportunity to tour it a number of times and I've found that:
  • He could have been crowned King of America, but wanted something better for the new American republic
  • He was keenly aware that everything he did would set a precedence and conducted himself accordingly
  • He had to be worked on to take a second term in office
  • He left Washington after his second term in office so that the country would be forced to work with the next president, rather than continuing to come to him
  • He planted trial crops from seeds collected from all over to see how they would do
  • His sincerest belief was that one should come to Washington to serve, and then go back home to work at a real job
Frankly, were he alive today I believe he would be appalled at our current crop of professional politicians.

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