Opinions of a Cheerful Yankee (…or Two).
The Essays of Irving Bacheller
I told you earlier that I would give a brief review of this excellent book. Irving Bacheller was an American journalist and writer, perhaps best known as the founder of the first newspaper syndicate in the United States. This renowned essayist was born in 1859 and died in 1950, his life spanning some of the most important years in our Nation’s history. Bacheller’s essays were written prior to 1926. Many of the essays in this book deal with home life, manhood and raising a family. Bacheller speaks in a distinctly common man dialect about the plainer issues we deal with every day today.
Here I will quote from his essay entitled Sense Common or Preferred. See if you can spot the similarity between his day and ours: “Now the thing that has happened to the criminal is this. In one way or another he loses his common sense. He ceases to see things in their just relations and proportions. The difference between right and wrong dwindles and disappears from his vision. He convinces himself that he has a right to at least a part of the property of other people. Often he acquires a comic sense of righteousness.” Right on target nearly one hundred years later. Amazing.
In reading through this book, I have exclaimed that same thing a number of times. If you can find a copy, you have to read this book. It will give you insight into the perceptions not only of our forefathers but also of concepts that can help us to right our staggering wallowing ship-of-state if only we can find the strength, the courage, the commitment to plug them in.
As always, let me know what you think and I’ll continue to do the same.