I enjoy revisiting modern Conservative classics. William F. Buckley, Jr. is a staple in that repertoire. Much like I enjoy reflecting on scripture or other mantras, I enjoy mulling the thoughts and words of leaders who forged the path of Conservatism.

Early last week I was flipping through a few old books, one full of Buckley quotes in particular, and found a quote on the inside of the book jacket that’s still bouncing around in this cluttered head of mine, so I thought it was worth sharing:

I profoundly believe it takes a lot of practice to become a moral slob, and that if there is anything the American people are diligently engaged in acquiring, it is that skill, that indifference to things minor which carries over to things major.

We simply don’t complain about little things; and so a part of our nervous system becomes inert — the part which should be tingling and on edge if we are to escape totalitarianization by those who exercise great power.

…Start with the little things. Don’t become a grouch. But don’t let them push you around. If absolutely necessary, refuse to fasten your seatbelt.

Sometimes it’s the small things, just a few words that help you find your center. I found them hopeful and helpful and hope you do too.

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