Guinness World Record Day shows Human Spirit Indomitable and Silly

Thursday was devoted to breaking Guinness world records on the part of people who walked over 60 upright bottles, did 41 handsprings in a row, and coordinated masses of hula hoop dancing. Further proof that the human spirit is both indomitable and irredeemably silly. Persian Sufi poet Jalal al-Din Rumi said that humans are donkeys with angel wings…

Reuters reports

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  1. How many times can I thank you, Juan, very many indeed. This reminder of our human condition, bound between earth and spirit, hope and disappointment, love and the failure to love, is a bright spot in one’s day, and also a bright spot in the web of silliness and artificially-fomented controversy that our global intertubes are becoming.

    The traditional great historians are Thucydides and Herodotus, they did it back in the old days. For my money the greatest modern historian has always been Solzhenitsyn, he accomplished the tremendously human and moving work of history _The Gulag Archipelago_, 3 volumes, while a victim of the Gulag and under the conditions of the Gulag.

    You’re too young to be a great historian yet, however as one who admires the craft, you are cutting quite a trail of excellent work, every day, covering all the most important issues of the day. Quite an example for any aspiring historians to follow, Congratulations and thank you again so much for all your effort. I will be sending additional financial support, and urge others to do the same.

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