Mr South brought the following to the attention of colleagues. It lifted our hearts; we hope it lifts yours:


I thought I would share this with you – it’s something I read recently that I found enlightening…

I was glancing through a wonderful book I have called ‘Letters of Note’.  If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a compendium of letters, not necessarily historically significant or even famous letters; they are letters, as the subtitle of the book describes them, deserving of a wider audience.

The following is a letter that caught my attention.  Written by the author E.B. White in reply to a Mr. Nadeau – who was seeking an opinion on what he (Nadeau) saw as a bleak future for mankind.


Mr South


Dear Mr. Nadeau, 

As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate.  Hope is the thing that is left to us, in a bad time.  I shall get up Sunday morning and wind the clock, as a contribution to order and steadfastness. 

 Sailors have an expression about the weather; they say, the weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society – things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed, sometimes rather suddenly.  It is quite obvious that the human race has made a queer mess of life on this planet.  But as a people we probably harbour seeds of goodness that have lain for a long time waiting to sprout when the conditions are right.  Man’s curiosity, his relentlessness, his inventiveness, his ingenuity have led him into deep trouble.  We can only hope that these same traits will enable him to claw his way out. 

 Hang on to your hat.  Hang on to your hope.  And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day. 



E.B. White  



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