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the fable of the boy in the well

The townspeople didn’t worry about the boy until he fell down a well… …and disappeared into its opaque waters. Ever so often, his parents would stop, would gaze down into the well… …and dare to believe their son might still … Continue reading

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fable of the man who atoned by pushing a stone

Perhaps I’ve become too cynical… …but I’m usually skeptical of public figures who tell us, “I’m sorry.” Seems like such a easy thing to say after being caught in a dastardly act. Maybe such apologies would be more believable if … Continue reading

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we have met the conspirator and he is us

But as I traveled hither through the land, I find the people strangely fantasized, Possessed with rumors, full of idle dreams, Not knowing what they fear, but full of fear.        — Shakespeare, from King John Shakespeare seems to be talking … Continue reading

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the hope of an pessimistic optimist

All successful civilizations follow a pattern of behavior that leads to collapse… …according to William Ophuls, author of Immoderate Greatness. Here’s the gist of Ophuls’ argument: As a civilization grows and prospers, it naturally becomes more and more complex.  This … Continue reading

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extraordinary ordinary people

I say Martin Luther King, Jr. blessed all us ordinary folk… …when he chose not to join the Freedom Riders on their trip. In 1961, that multi-racial, multi-generational group boarded buses and traveled throughout the South to protest segregation. Leaving … Continue reading

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freedom fighter

As most children do, I dreamed of being free… Finally (a century later, it seemed), I got my freedom.  At the age of eighteen, I left home and over the years, moved here and there, to one city after another, … Continue reading

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the naked truth

We haven’t forgotten the wisdom of The Emperor’s New Clothes… I often hear that story referenced after a leader states a naked lie as fact. Good—but let’s not lose this important detail… No one dared to mention the emperor’s nakedness, … Continue reading

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