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Morning Tash Appreciators,

When talking to a friend this week, he said that the position in which we find ourselves “could be worse”.

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That statement is problematic for TF. On the one hand, there’s something to be said for counting your blessings. Also, in the grand scheme of things, we are all very lucky. However, is taking the “things could be worse” approach not a pretty glass-half-empty one?

On reflection, I’ve decided that it’s not good enough to say that things could be worse. We only have limited control over the lot of those around us and there is much more scope for us to better our own circumstances. Given that we have the ability to improve things for ourselves (and for the people around us) I reckon we’ve got a duty to do so.

It all comes down to ambition, I suppose. Ambition for power or money on their own probably won’t lead to an altogether virtuous existence, but ambition to “make things better” is, in my view, altogether different.

Last Tuesday marked the 150th anniversary of one of the great speeches. At the time, even the person giving the speech said it wouldn’t live long in the memory. However, its message – although short – continues to inspire and that’s because it’s promoting an ambition that was for the good of everyone. I am, of course, talking about the Gettysburg Address, given by TF regular, and this week’s Tash, Abraham Lincoln:

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There are different versions of the speech, ranging in length from 268 to 272 words. Sometimes it’s the short messages that are the most effective.

Have a great weekend folks,


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