Hamilton: Act 2

As I wrote last week, Alexander Hamilton in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s show urges his audience to take shots and to stand up for what they believe in. Woven throughout the story, however, is another message. Not one that comes explicitly from any of the characters but one that comes from Miranda himself.

He understands that being forgotten is a universal fear. We all hope to be remembered. We all pale at the thought of being lost in oblivion. We want our lives to mean something, and because this world is the only place we look to for meaning and reality, we ground ourselves so firmly in this temporary life that we try to find ways to stick around even after we die. Continue reading “Hamilton: Act 2”

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Hamilton: Act 1

Yes, I know, you’re probably tired of hearing about Hamilton at this point. You’ve seen one too many posts about this hip new Broadway show, and you’ve heard one too many references to it. Perhaps you refuse to give in to the hype; out of sheer stubbornness you refrain from listening to the soundtrack at all. But I am here to convince you that maybe you should give it a chance. After all, Hamilton is not just a fluffy trend. It is truly good.

Trendy media is entertaining. What sets quality media- whether it’s a book, song, movie, or stage musical- apart is its depth, and Hamilton has depth. It is full of valuable messages, it promotes virtues such as independence, forgiveness, courage, equality, and hard work, and it does not blur the lines between right and wrong as do so many stories today.

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Legacy of Belief

In one of my classes right now, we’re studying the start of America by reading some of her foundational documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Articles of Confederation.

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The Liberty Bell, with Independence Hall in the background
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Inside Independence Hall

A big question that comes up while studying this time period is: What made America different? Was it just a few angry guys who didn’t feel like paying taxes anymore? Continue reading “Legacy of Belief”

I’ve Got to Underline That One

I really love finding, underlining, and hoarding quotes that I come across. I search for quotes in books, in movies, in music- in basically any existing media. Quotes make me think. They help me define complex qualities like love and justice and hope. They help me express my opinions.

So, in no particularly organized order, here are a few of my favorite quotes that I’ve come across in this first quarter of the school year:

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St. Augustine by Botticelli

“For a prohibition always increases an illicit desire.” -St. Augustine, City of God

“If we have a right to laugh in the theatre when actors know their parts, we should laugh still louder at ignorant fools in real life.” -St. Augustine, City of God

“Our hearts are restless until we find rest in thee.” -St. Augustine, Confessions

“But when man’s hope and help wholly failed, there appeared the Lord’s power and mercy to save them.” -William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation

“Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process, and the innards are very discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.” -E. B. White

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“Bein’ friends is like being soldiers in the army. You live together, you fight together; you die together.” -Denver Moore, Same Kind of Different as Me

“We must beware equally of an undevotional theology and an untheological devotion.” -John Stott

“And do you know another thing, Arthur? Life is too bitter already, without territories and wars and noble feuds.” -T. H. White, The Once and Future King

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I have concluded that T. H. White is a highly quotable man

“Direction is the greater part of valour.” -T. H. White, The Once and Future King

“The bravest people are the ones who don’t mind looking like cowards.” -T. H. White, The Once and Future King

“Might does not make right! Right makes right!” -T. H. White, The Once and Future King

“If there is one thing I can’t stand, it is stupidity. I always say that stupidity is the Sin against the Holy Ghost.” -T. H. White, The Once and Future King

“It doesn’t matter if you’re the slowest kid in gym class or the fastest man alive, every one of us is running. Being alive means running; running from something; running to something or someone. And no matter how fast you are, there are some things you can’t outrun; some things always manage to catch up to you.” -Barry Allen, The Flash

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“Don’t forget from whence you came; the world’s gonna know your name.” -Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

gulliver“The tiny Lilliputians surmise that Gulliver’s watch may be his god, because it is that which, he admits, he seldom does anything without consulting.” -Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels

“Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.” -Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels