“If the whole human race lay in one grave, the epitaph on its headstone might well be: “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”
Writer Rebecca West
Dame Cicely Isabel Fairfield DBE, known as Rebecca West, or Dame Rebecca West, was a British author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer. An author who wrote in many genres, West reviewed books for The Times, the New York Herald Tribune, the Sunday Telegraph, and the New Republic, and she was a correspondent for The Bookman. Her major works include Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, on the history and culture of Yugoslavia; A Train of Powder, her coverage of the Nuremberg trials, published originally in The New Yorker; The Meaning of Treason, later The New Meaning of Treason, a study of the trial of the British Fascist William Joyce and others; The Return of the Soldier, a modernist World War I novel; and the “Aubrey trilogy” of autobiographical novels, The Fountain Overflows, This Real Night, and Cousin Rosamund. Time called her “indisputably the world’s number one woman writer” in 1947. (Wikipedia)
——Ah, how many times people screw up because “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” Perhaps that thought should be a warning : Alert: Screw up about to occur.
Reflection…the best ideas in the world need time to germinate and stand up to the scrutiny of reflection. Maybe, perhaps, possibly, we might know if the idea is “good.” Truly good ideas are still standing the test of time several years later.