glyph 593: Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy may be taken as a warning to trend predictors that they live in a world that will defy their most sophisticated projections.
A summary of the character and life of Joan of Arc, found in chapter XXVI of Volume I, A History of the English Speaking Peoples, by Winston S. Churchill:
Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years. The records of her trial present us with facts alive to-day through all the mists of time. Out of her own mouth can she be judged in each generation. She embodied the natural goodness and valour of the human race in unexampled perfection. Unconquerable courage, infinite compassion, the virtue of the simple, the wisdom of the just, shown forth in her. She glorifies as she freed the soil from which she sprang. All soldiers should read her story and ponder on the words and deeds of the true warrior, who in one single year, though untaught in technical arts, reveals in every situation the key of victory.
January 3, 2018