The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.” – A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Years ago I picked up A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens and only got to 50 pages. Set at the time of the French revolution, frankly I didn’t understand what he was going on about. I was determined not to give up on Charlie and so read Little Dorrit. I was hooked and have been making my way through his novels since.

I finally now have just finish “Tales” and just love those first words. One could probably apply them to any time in human history, but some more than others. I don’t think they apply as much now as they did from the 60’s to the 90’s. The developed world is doing it pretty good and a bit nervous about losing what they have, so right now the age is one of caution and mediocrity.

So whether it’s the best or worst, it’s the only time we have, so let’s make the most of it — and keep our creativity happening.

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