July 22, 2009 "Standing in the ferment of the years, we must not only look past the present troubles to the times beyond, but at them too."
Such a poetic way of saying things, I thought as I read a line from the first entry in a new book. Interestingly, though they sound as if they could have been written yesterday, the words were written in the fall of 1968, in the first of forty years worth of weekly columns called "Of Cabbages and Kings," which Jacob Eppinga either hand-wrote or pounded out on his 1914 Woodstock typewriter.
The above-mentioned book, a compilation of the columns, has the following title—plunked out on his trusty but failing machine— "It's All Grace, the best of Eppinga."
In the same column, Eppinga quoted Dr. Henry Kissinger as saying, "It is a mistake to think of peace as some final state of nirvana that beckons seductively somewhere around the bend. We have to get rid of the idea that there is some terminal date after which we live with a consciousness of harmony."
That was, according to Eppinga, Kissinger's way of expressing his opinion that after the crisis of that era—Vietnam—there would always be some other problem or crisis, some other thing standing between life as it is and life as we would like it to be.
Wise words. Standing in the ferment of the years, looking beyond, but also at the present troubles, whatever they are.