Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bob Dylan to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Yes, it's a big deal, especially at this time. And it's not going to hurt with the youth vote either. But this is no time to be cynical. Dylan deserves it. Kudos to the president.

Read it at Raw Story

Bob Dylan, Toni Morrison among 13 tapped for Presidential Medal of Freedom
by Agence France-Presse


Anonymous said...

No cynicism here. A great American.

reslez said...

Youth vote? If youth is defined as 50 year olds...

Tom Hickey said...

Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind. It is not a matter of red cheeks, red lips and supple knees. It is a temper of the will; a quality of the imagination; a vigor of the emotions; it is a freshness of the deep springs of life. Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over a life of ease. This often exists in a man of fifty, more than in a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; people grow old by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despairthese are the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust. Whether seventy or sixteen, there is in every beings heart a love of wonder; the sweet amazement at the stars and starlike things and thoughts; the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing childlike appetite for what comes next, and the joy in the game of life. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear, as young as your hope, as old as your despair. In the central place of your heart there is a wireless station. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, grandeur, courage, and power from the earth, from men and from the Infinite so long are you young. When the wires are all down and the central places of your heart are covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then are you grown old, indeed!”   
— Ullman, Samuel
Source: SAMUEL ULLMAN, Youth. Jane Manner, The Silver Treasury, Prose and Verse for Every Mood, pp. 32324 .

Emphasis added.

Matt Franko said...

"All I have are...three chords and the truth..."

Rock on Robert Zimmerman