Thursday, January 5, 2017

About chess............................

World affairs to Bobby, were less a global chess game than a latticework of bonds between humans, much as they had been for Ben Franklin two centuries before.

-Larry Tye,  Bobby Kennedy:  The Making of a Liberal Icon

Not sure I'm buying what Tye is selling here.  Bonds between humans can get difficult at the most inopportune times.  For instance, Franklin's experience in front of the Privy Council in 1774.  Just for fun, here is a quote attributed to Franklin:

“Chess teaches foresight, by having to plan ahead; vigilance, by having to keep watch over the whole chess board; caution, by having to restrain ourselves from making hasty moves; and finally, we learn from chess the greatest maxim in life - that even when everything seems to be going badly for us we should not lose heart, but always hoping for a change for the better, steadfastly continue searching for the solutions to our problems.”

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