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People have an inalienable right to roam the earth, unimpeded, in pursuit of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. – Me!

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Dear World, I am a sixty-three year old retired divorced guy raising a tween-age son. I graduated from college in 1976 with degrees in political science and English. Reading a comments section on an article in THE HILL this morning I ran into a person claiming to be a Democrat but accusing the party of being “liberal fascists,” etc, etc. Is that a thing? Have people lost all understanding of what terms actually mean? Leftist, right-winger, fascist, communist, liberal, conservative. Hitler/Fascist Mussolini/Fascist Churchill/Imperialist-Capitalist Cabot-Lodge/Republican Nixon/Republican FDR/Liberal Democracy JFK/Moderate-Democrat McGovern/Liberal Sanders/Democratic Socialist Mao & Stalin/Communist. What is “left?” what is “right?” today? The figures of speech are losing all meaning. Where does Attila the Hun fit in? My question for YOU is this: Is there a “spectrum” which shows who is who?what is what? Right? Centrist? or Left? In degrees? Can we chart where modern day groups fall, like colors in a rainbow, or on a spectrum which would accurately delineate the difference between who is LEFT? and who is RIGHT? Sincerely, John Keenan

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“Breathing in the mist of the crop duster / gazing at the stars that have lost their luster / sieg heil to the in-God-we-trusters.” – Alex Chilton

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Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. – Buddha –

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The policing of black Americans is racial harassment funded by the state. – Paul Butler

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To put the Confederacy on a pedestal is an inaccurate recitation of our past, an affront to our present and a bad prescription for our future. – Mitch Landrieu –

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Where we are is our temple. – Jack Kornfield –

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Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go. – Herman Hesse –

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Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. – Shel Silverstein –

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If the cause of poverty is marginalization, the cure is inclusion. – Richard John Neuhaus –

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Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. – Maya Angelou –

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Mi equipo de pesca está en la cocina. Those of you who speak Spanish know what I’m saying. – Howard Stern –

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Peace is the only battle worth waging. – Albert Camus –

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There are no wrong turns, only unexpected paths. – Mark Nepo –

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Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. – Edgar Degas –

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But I just want to be there in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others, so that we can make of this old world a new world. – MLK

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“I don’t believe anything, but I have many suspicions.” — Robert Anton Wilson (1932-2007)

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Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done. – Bryan Stevenson –

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In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. – Albert Camus –

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It’s never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot –

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Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens. – Carl Jung –

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De-clutter some outdated thoughts right now. – Thuy Nguyen –

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accept suffering as a normal, cohesive experience, then move on from it – Elizabeth Brico –

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commit to philosophical materialism: that a world exists beyond our senses; that it can be changed; and that human beings have agency.

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Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form. – Andre Maurois –

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Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.

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Life is an adventure, it’s not a package tour. – Eckhart Tolle –

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If you wait, all that happens is that you get older – Larry McMurty –

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“I can handle things. I’m smart! Not like everybody says, like dumb. I’m smart and I want respect!” — Fredo —

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Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women. — Leo Tolstoy —

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A lie told often enough becomes the truth. — V I Lenin —

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Identify all those things you do not do well. Stop doing those things. — The Most Interesting Man In The World —

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Increasingly I’m less interested in writing about fictional people, because it seems so tiresome to make up a fake person and put them through the paces of a fake story. I just — I can’t do it. — Sheila Heti —

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There are no excuses, one can only do better, no one will settle for less

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I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have. – Abraham Lincoln –

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It just doesn’t matter. — Meatballs Motivational Speech — Bill Murray …

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“History repeats itself – first as tragedy, then as farce.” — Karl Marx —

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Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. – Howard Thurman –

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Our lives are formed not just by the conflicts that we’ve experienced, but by the ones we’ve not resolved – Ken Cloke –

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Gratitude for the present moment and the fullness of life now is true prosperity. – Eckhart Tolle –

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What hurts you blesses you. Darkness is your candle. – Rumi –

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Let go, or be dragged. – Zen Proverb –

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I hope you find what you are looking for. — John Keenan —

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Our happiness comes not as a goal, but as a byproduct of engaging in honesty with ourselves. – Susan David –

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Peace is the first condition, without which nothing else can be stable. – Sri Aurobindo –

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Whatever else I may forget, I shall never forget the difference between those who fought for liberty and those who fought for slavery; between those who fought to save the Republic and those who fought to destroy it. — Frederick Douglass

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In my own way I’m excited by the journey probably sometimes more than by the destination. — Robert Plant

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If somebody else is talking about a Cadillac, we’re talking about a space shuttle. — Mannie Fresh

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