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The Daily Dick: Musings on the Relevance of Moby-Dick Today

"Stand up amid the general hurricane, thy one tossed sapling cannot, Starbuck!"


Ahab is the speaker of this quote. He has just convinced the crew of The Pequod to pledge their loyalty to him and focus on hunting Moby-Dick. Starbuck knows the focus on one whale is not what the voyage is about. It is dangerous. It feels evil. It will harm everyone. But Ahab tells Starbuck he is one tiny voice against a hurricane. I think many of us feel this way in the days of the (T)rump storm. But last night, the tossed saplings stood strong in the SA mayoral race! Sometimes good can overcome gale-force winds. We have to keep standing tall.

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