Today’s Seed

There is something within the human character that compels us to cast down the idols we ourselves have elevated.  We insist upon exalting those we admire beyond the reality of their virtues and then, as if resentful of the heights we have forced upon them, feel it necessary to cut them down.  It may be within our character to smash our idols, but that same character is in constant longing for something to look up to.

–Kenneth Slawenski, J. D. Salinger: A Life