Sunday, February 23, 2014

MBWS: Tumultuous

This one is a doozy to wrap your tongue around, but nonetheless, we'll dive right in.

"I've had a rather tumultuous personal life. It hasn't been dull, I've been the Hiroshima of love."
 - Sylvester Stallone

"The tumultuous populace of large cities are ever to be dreaded. Their indiscriminate violence prostrates for the time all public authority, and its consequences are sometimes extensive and terrible."
 - George Washington

"History is the transformation of tumultuous conquerors into silent footnotes."
 - Paul Eldridge

For all this word may look big and scary, its definition is actually quite simple. I probably could have gotten away with just one of these quotes, but I decided to stick with my standing pattern of threes.

Mr. Stallone, in comparing his love life to Hiroshima, as in the event, not the city itself, easily makes you consider something violent, boisterous (a future MBWS word), and crazy. I'm no expert on Mr. Stallone, but from what I've read since choosing his quote, is quite accurate for himself, and --I've no doubt-- for plenty of others.

Former President Washington's quote is a voice after my own heart. Even the calmest and quietest moments in a big city are certainly tumultuous, and living in the shadow of Chicago, I can say that with some degree of certainty. I prefer to wander away from the city rather than towards it, seeking the true calm and quiet and stillness of the anti-city, undeveloped nature.

Mr. Eldridge is quite right, and all conquerors lead tumultuous lives, even if they themselves are pacific and patient. But in the grand scheme of things, in all of history, even the greatest of us is little more the a footnote, something to be noticed only by the most fervent of historians after our time has ended.

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