Hello all! Welcome back to another fabulous writing from Stouffer Productions: so not the frozen food company. If you read my blog last week and the only word that came to mind was what?????? Then I apologize for the confusion. The past two weeks have been pretty rough with family stuff. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions. Some days were good and others were not so good. That blog… Obviously… Was made on a not so good day, so that’s why it was just awk. But like my family says, we must keep going. So here I am continuing, one step at a time, with hopefully a decent blog this week.
Well back to the main point of this post, I want to talk about a particular line from HoD (btw I looooooooooooooooooooooove this book 🙌🙌🙌. Two thumbs up to you Mrs. Smith!). “No fear can stand up to hunger, no patience can wear it out, disgust simply does not exist where hunger is; and as to superstition, beliefs, and what you may call principles, they are less than chaff in a breeze” (pg 51 in my book’s version at least). I just thought this was an interesting quote. He talks about how there is a definite point where humans abandon all morals/logic and act purely on instinct. After reading this, I thought it spoke to the theme of HoD as a whole. (the question if people are inherently good or evil). Are these “pilgrims” (as Marlow so poetically describes them) settling here for the good of society, or are they simply driven by the instinctual need to dominate? Do instincts always overcome reasoning or vise versa? Is there a perfect balance between the two? I’m gonna open up these questions to my fellow APers and see what y’all think, so feel free to comment!
Usually, I end these posts with a witty phrase that I think the authors are trying to teach us. This week, I have decided to end it on a more serious note. This quote has really helped me over the past couple of years, and I wanted to share it with you guys. If at any time you feel that everything is turning into complete crap and you feel like your head is gonna explode, just remember this…
Winston Churchill lesson of the week: “If you’re going through hell, keep going”.