I find this strange, since in the current age, Deadline is a god, or should I say goddess, since Deadline is a female god, if there ever was one.
But where did she come from? Who were her parents? Bulfinch is silent on the subject.
In fact, meticulous and deep research into this question has only turned up one quote from the ancients that can rightly be called wise. It was uttered by Caesar Augustus, first and greatest Emperor of Rome, thorn in the side of Anthony and Cleopatra, and namesake for the 8th month of the year.
No one could call Augustus a timid man, yet what did this veritable god-among-men have to say on the subject of deadlines?
"Make haste cautiously."
|Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus|
Emperor of the Roman Empire
for 40 years
After painting this nugget of recovered wisdom on my workshop wall, I decided that I'd gotten my Vintage project off on the wrong foot by setting a deadline.
Frankly, I don't know if I'll be able to finish Vintage before the Wooden Boat Show in June. Maybe I will, maybe I won't.
I do know that my incautious haste has taken all the fun out of the project, so I'm dropping it; forgetting it; condemning it to the dustbin of history. I am no longer on a deadline.
As a practical matter, this whole lofting business makes a mockery of deadlines, anyway. Just one example proves my point: I've been wearing out erasers faster than pencils.
In fact, this afternoon I'm headed down to my local artist's supply store to take delivery of a new batch of erasers. I had them ordered specially from Germany, because they're supposed to be more durable than the Chinese ones that everybody stocks. We'll see.
So, starting again. Not quite from scratch, but remembering what this is supposed to be about: Fun. And craftsmanship. Neither of which Deadline has any respect for.
The Greeks did have a goddess of craftsmanship: Athena. Not coincidentally, she was also the goddess of civilization, wisdom, strength, strategy, justice and skill. All of which are required for lofting.
|Athena saying bah! to deadlines, by Rudolph Tegner|
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