Friday, September 16, 2016

Wheel of Fortune

The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons.
                                                                                      —Charles Dickens

Before it was a game show, the Wheel of Fortune was a metaphor.

It served writers well in the age of chivalry, when they strove to remind their rich and powerful readers (the only kind; everyone else was illiterate) that the best things in life came not from titles and trappings, but hard work and a positive attitude.

Geoffroi de Charny asked every reader to "be a man of worth;" Geoffery Chaucer, to "make a virtue of necessity."

When you worked hard and maintained an "attitude of gratitude," sudden setbacks (the "necessity" in Chaucer's phrase) wouldn't throw you.

Alas, chivalry's dead; not so, reversals of fate.

Riding the Wheel of Fortune is still dangerous.

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