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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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no burden of happiness upon me

I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy and I’ll punch the man who says I’m not!         — from the song “I’m Happy” by Ivor Cutler I define “happiness”, very generally, as a sense of well-being… … Continue reading

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two types of hero

A presidential candidate has me pondering this question… What is a hero? If you’ve endured a prisoner-of-war camp, do you automatically qualify as “hero”? I once knew a man—a pilot—who’d spent years in a POW camp.  During that ordeal, I … Continue reading

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the one and the ones

  All public figures to some degree are transformed into symbols… …but only a few, such as Nelson Mandela, become lasting symbols. For future generations, he will symbolize strength—the strength of patient endurance, the strength of conviction. However… …while recognizing … Continue reading

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a degree of heroism

  If we consider all human beings to be heroes or heroines, as I suggested last week… …perhaps that cheapens the idea of heroism… …until it becomes completely meaningless. On the other hand… …if I see myself as a hero … Continue reading

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In Praise of Doubt

  A doll popular in the 1980s speaks of a human dilemma… I’m talking of the Cabbage Patch doll.  What a brilliant marketing concept! Consider this: each buyer received the same basic doll… …yet no two dolls were exactly the … Continue reading

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The Sinking of a Belief

  I must be more careful when taking lessons from history… For example: I found meaning in the way gentlemen aboard the Titanic stood on the upper deck, calmly smoking their cigars as the giant ship sank… …whereas passengers on … Continue reading

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