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5pm Monday through Thursday, June 24 thru 27.

The Cineforum, 463 Bathurst below College across from The Beer Store. 416-603-6643. Donation $20. $10 under 24. Private. All welcome.

Until One Is Committed

Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back,  always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have  come his way.

I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.


In my last year of high school the principal called me into his office where I was told I had the wrong attitude and would starve in two weeks if I left school that day.

Had I not left I would have starved. An extraordinary number of people have enhanced my life over the years from a man no one has ever heard of the first night I arrived friendless, homeless and penniless in Toronto to Judith Merril, Jane Jacobs, Al Aronowitz, John Robert Colombo, and many, many more.

The second person I met those many years ago was John Herbert, the author of the only Canadian play the entire world has saluted.

I met Jack before the world discovered him.

Thanks to John Herbert Brundage I grew the extra half inch it takes to stop being a boy and to become a man.

This is for all those young people who are being told that unless they obey they are doomed.

–Reg Hartt 2019–06–11.

“The reliance on Property, including the reliance on governments which protect it, is the want of self-reliance.” Ralph Waldo Emerson writes in ON SELF-RELIANCE, “Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole
life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you only have an extemporaneous half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. No man yet knows what it is, nor can, till that person has exhibited it. Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare? Where is the master who could have instructed Franklin, or Washington, or Bacon, or Newton? Every great man is unique. The Scipionism of Scipio is precisely that part he could not borrow. Shakespeare will never be made by the study of Shakespeare. Do that which is assigned you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much…

“Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world. I remember an answer which when quite young I was prompted to make to a valued advisor who was wont to importune me
with the dear old doctrines of the church. On my saying, ‘What do I have with the sacredness of traditions, if I live wholly from within?’ my friend suggested, ‘–But these impulses may be from below, not from above,’ I replied. ‘They do not seem to me to be such; but if I am the Devil’s child, I will then live as one from the Devil.’ No law can be sacred to me but that of my own nature. Good and bad are but names transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution; the only wrong what is against it…I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions.”

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