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    Reach out ?

    Hello Everyone,


    What does reach out mean in the following sentence, and does the underlined "and" mean but here?

    Certainly, Dave Scott, of Apollo 15, thought so. Standing onthe Moon, he voiced his thoughts to Houston: “I realise there’s a fundamental truth to our nature: man must explore.” Home is never far from our thoughts, though. How many times have you looked forward for months to a holiday, only to find that on day three you’re already dreaming of your own bed? But when you return, the process starts all over again. This idea of life as a perpetual cycle seems particularly comforting in a recession. Even though we’ve overreached (and overborrowed), and been reminded of some home truths, we know that one day we’ll reach out once more.

    Also what does home truth mean here?


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    Re: Reach out ?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    Hello Everyone,


    What does reach out mean in the following sentence, and does the underlined "and" mean but here?

    Certainly, Dave Scott, of Apollo 15, thought so. Standing onthe Moon, he voiced his thoughts to Houston: “I realise there’s a fundamental truth to our nature: man must explore.” Home is never far from our thoughts, though. How many times have you looked forward for months to a holiday, only to find that on day three you’re already dreaming of your own bed? But when you return, the process starts all over again. This idea of life as a perpetual cycle seems particularly comforting in a recession. Even though we’ve overreached (and overborrowed), and been reminded of some home truths, we know that one day we’ll reach out once more.
    "And" should not be "but."
    The passage says that recently, two bad things have happened:
    1) we overreached AND
    2) we got a harsh reminder (of some home truths)

    "Home truths" means "truths that are essential to understand, but which are discomforting or unpleasant to hear or be reminded of"

    "Reach out" in this passage must mean "attempt to get to outer space" or maybe just "expand ourselves again -- follow our ambitions" (unlike the contraction of our ambitions caused by the recession)

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    Re: Reach out ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    "And" should not be "but."
    The passage says that recently, two bad things have happened:
    1) we overreached AND
    2) we got a harsh reminder (of some home truths)

    "Home truths" means "truths that are essential to understand, but which are discomforting or unpleasant to hear or be reminded of"

    "Reach out" in this passage must mean "attempt to get to outer space" or maybe just "expand ourselves again -- follow our ambitions" (unlike the contraction of our ambitions caused by the recession)



    And could you explain once more your the defintion of home truths here ? I am confused about it.
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    Re: Reach out ?

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    And could you explain once more your the defintion of home truths here ? I am confused about it.
    home truth: Definition from Answers.com

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    Re: Reach out ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    From the context, does it refer to the real situations of the financial crisis or the reason that caused the crisis or the bad effects on the US or global economy as a whole or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    From the context, does it refer to the real situations of the financial crisis or the reason that caused the crisis or the bad effects on the US or global economy as a whole or something like that.
    Home truth=basic truth =unplesant truth, which is absolutely true but difficult for one to acknowledge or accept or digest, if it is spoken to him directly.

    If some one who took leave from work place to attend his ailing mother but actually went on a pleasure trip with his girl friend, is asked on his return; Did you see your ailing mother or some one else? How does one feel, uncomfortable? Yes, because it is a home truth.
    So in the dictionary example where your campaign finances actually came from. It is home truth, because the money has come from illegal and undisclosed source which is difficult to admit or accept.


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    Re: Reach out ?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    From the context, does it refer to the real situations of the financial crisis or the reason that caused the crisis or the bad effects on the US or global economy as a whole or something like that.
    I take that remark about being reminded of some home truths to mean that the recent financial collapse was a harsh reminder that we should play financial games RIGHT -- no overspending, no lax oversight of potentially illegal investing, whatever.

    I don't see (at least from this single paragraph) how the author is managing to drag remarks about the economy into this wistful "all about the Apollo missions" passage, but maybe he can.

    I don't think the passage is ever going to be famous for either its clarity or its profundity. It's hard (in the sense of tiresomely annoying) to read because of the absence of specificity to uphold its vague assertions, as well as the rather gluey syntax. Reading this is like eating oatmeal that cooked up too thick -- it can be done, but it is not imagined that the effort will be rewarded.

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