It was Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) who said that “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” It was James Thurber (1894-1961) who said “Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.” Thurber said this long before the development of the internet, Twitter, and blog entries. What would he think today? The blogosphere has much noise. But is it noisy desperation or thoughtful inspiration? Today, fewer people “go to the grave with the song still in them;” but are their songs worth hearing? What are the truly great songs that must be sung? What are the great songs that must be heard? Where will we hear these songs?
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1 (New Living Translation)