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45 Sharing the pain

This quote has been a beacon in my life. Lord, Number us we beseech thee in the ranks of those who went forth from this university longing only for those things for which thou doest make us long; men for whom the complexity of issues only served to renew their zeal to deal with them; men who alleviated pain by sharing it, and men who were always willing to risk something big for something good.  So may we leave in the world a little more truth, a little more justice, a little more beauty than would have been there had …

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38 The Ernstraudian Way

We have been creating our own worlds—first mentally and then tangibly. We are doing this with two methods: (a) we picture our preferred conditions until we perceive them around us and (b) we act on our environment to realize those conditions. We need resilience to meld the methods smoothly into a way of life. Thinking and doing are complementary. Sounds inviting, doesn’t it? Are you ever drawn away from this idyllic scenario? Accept my assurance that it is still in my heart when I am digging my car out of a snowdrift or soothing a reader who thinks my last …

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