The legal system is in part responsible for the very size and growth (of big business and big government). And too often when the individual finds himself in conflict with these forces, the legal system sides with the giant institution, not the small businessman or private citizen.
Teilhard is for ever shouting at us: things or affairs are, in alphabetical order, astounding, colossal, endless, enormous, fantastic, giddy, hyper-, immense, implacable, indefinite, inexhaustible, extricable, infinite, infinitesimal, innumerable, irresistible, measureless, mega-, monstrous, mysterious, prodigious, relentless, super-, ultra-, unbelievable, unbridled or unparalleled. When something is described as merely “huge” we feel let down.
A big corporation is more or less blamed for being big. It is only big because it gives service. If it doesn’t give service, it gets small faster than it grew.
We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.
We find a delight in the beauty and happiness of children, that makes the heart too big for the body.
(I feel) somewhat like the boy in Kentucky who stubbed his toe while running to see his sweetheart. The boy said he was too big to cry, and far too badly hurt to laugh. (Reply as to how he felt about the New York elections)
Big doesn’t necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren’t better than violets.
Faith is an absolutely marvelous tool. With faith there is no question too big for even the smallest mind.
The American wage earner and the American housewife are a lot better economists than most economists care to admit. They know that a government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.