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Materialism and complicated lives, according to Laura Ingalls Wilder

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"We heap up around us things that we do not need as the crow makes piles of glittering pebbles. We gabble words like parrots until we lose the sense of their meaning; we chase after this new idea and that; we take an old thought and dress it out in so many words that the thought itself is lost in its clothing, like a slim woman in a barrel skirt, and then we exclaim, 'Lo, the wonderful new thought I have found!'


"'There is nothing new under the sun,' says the proverb. I think the meaning is that there are just so many truths or laws of life, and no matter how far we may think we have advanced, we cannot get beyond those laws. However complex a structure we build of living, we must come back to those truths, and so we find we have traveled in a circle."


From on essay entitled, "Sweet Williams," by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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