Of “Grand Scheme” and Churchill

“In the Grand Scheme of Things”

Always like this particular phrase. It somehow denotes there is this divine drama (to be sure, there is one… but mostly too opaque for our imagination ) being played out and one that we all have the fortune (or misfortune) to be part of.

Though most of us have little qualms in using this cliche, when probed, we would usually be hardpressed to shed some light on the details surrounding the “Grand Scheme” . Nevertheless, I guess it does provide us with some form of comfort in knowing that those pesky little problems we have in life do not really matter in (again) that particular “scheme”.

So what really DOES matter?

Isn’t a complex machinery made up of all its simpler components? If a screw does not matter, can we do away with the rest of the screws? Make no mistake, even in the midst of the great cosmos, there ARE really things in life that matters… but most of them are almost never the major stuff (like what a friend used to remonstrate me, “世上哪有那么多大事?”).

There are little beliefs that we need to stand up for. There are little people we need to stand up to. There are little personal battles we need to fight in… regardless if we will ever find vindication at the end of it all, because those are what truly define us.

*I do need to confess that up to this juncture, I have pretty much exhausted my inspiration for writing. So in a feeble attempt to end off in style, I have decided to put up a few “meaningful”  quotes by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (yes, I am even hoping I might impress you by spelling out the full name), one of the most courageous man and brilliant orator the world has ever known, (and, oh did I mention he is also a fellow Sagittarius as me???)*

Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
– Winston Churchill

Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
– Winston Churchill

“The Americans will always do the right thing… After they’ve exhausted all the alternatives.”
– Winston Churchill

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get
its pants on. ”
– Winston Churchill

and the best one…

“It is good for an unedcated man to read books of quotations.”
– Winston Churchill

Sir Winston.. grumpy old man look…

“It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotatio“It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations


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