End to a long week

Came across this passage today:

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.”

— Thomas Paine, The Crisis, December 1776

I thought “Common Sense” was a HUGE pain to get through but this paragraph from “The Crisis” is great writing. There is flow to the entire paragraph and it lulls you to read more. The rhythm created by his diction (“the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph,” “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly”) makes this amazing to hear out loud. Like my professor said, “Good writing is meant to be read out loud.”

Song of the Day

동방신기 ; HEY! (Don’t bring me down)
I’m starting to get tired of Yoo Young Jin’s lyrics because they’re basically ALL about the same thing, but thankfully this is not about the usual evil-society-don’t-be-sinful topic. This is still a YYJ piece — produced, arranged, composed, written — but it’s not as shout-y, self-righteous, and loud as his other works. I like this song more than Mirotic and am actually really surprised this song isn’t the title track given who’s behind it. YYJ has god-like status over at SM…

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