For the past few months (on & off; mostly off, considering all the drama in my life this year), I’ve been working on a series of posts based on a book I read – Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham. They were to be quotations from – & about – Thomas Jefferson, on a variety of topics, which I found meaningful.
I already had some reservations about promoting this book. Meacham is a great writer, who makes his protagonist – the 3rd U.S. President – a very likeable “character.” He covers his flaws & missteps, making Jefferson delightfully “just like us.”
However, he fails to discuss Jefferson’s actions (as a slave owner & rapist) that we now hold intolerable in any depth. It’s almost like there’s an air of indifference – “that’s just how things were back then.” This alone made me pause.
Now, considering the tragedy & outrage in – & about – Charlottesville, Virginia, I’m putting this project on hold. Indefinitely.
Hopefully it won’t take me another few months to work up something worth sharing.
Stay safe out there in this crazy world. ❤