One of my 365.Ideas was journal consolidation. So with the completion yesterday of journal V.II, I reached onto my shelf where partially completed past journals exist and grabbed a next to finish filling up.
This one specific un-numbered volume was started eight years ago with a last entry from four years ago. The first entry addressed the practice of common placing as decribed in Anne Fadiman’s book Ex Libris. Real briefly, this is when the reader adds margin notes or copies quotes into other writing. Lifting the original quote out of context and writing into a new personalized context. This idea appealed to me. This practice is quite common and shows the value, strength and wisdom of reading and writing to think & learn.
Within the quotes copied, for later contextualization was this one that speaks to an email thread theme that I have with an unpublished author friend.
“The first thing we have to say respecting what are called new views here in New England, at the present time, is, that they are not new, but the very oldest of thoughts cast into the mold of these new times” Ralph Waldo Emerson in The Transcendalist
Another quote written The Federalist Papers, #10, by Publius speaks to and recognizes the evils of partisan politics.
“Complaints are everywhere heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally being the friends of public and private faith and of public and personal liberty, that our governments are too unstable, that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties, and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules ofjustice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.”
Reading through old journals allows me to rediscover dormant and incomplete thoughts, ideas and philosophies. Perhaps some of these rediscoveries will be revealed here.