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  •  A hero to me is someone like (1+ / 0-)
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    the man in Hotel Rwanda.

    •  Another kind of hero are those developing (1+ / 0-)
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      Rwanda's geothermal resources while we can't afford to.

      It is also true of Uganda and Nicaragua.  All these are very poor, battle-scarred countries that are doing what we have little interest in except to whine about the time and cost and risk for initiation of projects exploiting the most potent, greenest, cheapest energy source on earth.

      How do such people rise above the conditions to look to a grand vision of the future invisible to most.

      I met a Ph.D. math candidate studying at Syracuse University.  He was from the very heart of Colombia's drug wars with the most notorious of all named for his hometown.  We talked very briefly about the wonderful history of the place and the warmth and decency of the people living there.

      Bury Me Standing has mention of a Gypsy gold merchant who began his gold trading as a prisoner in a Nazi death camp.

      The very survival of the most despised people on earth (despite the romantic nonsense) is a wonder that exceeds even that of the Jews.

      Audie Murphy, the most decorated American soldier ever, had left Vietnam by the time I arrived.  From the gossip I heard (gossip is all it was, I make no claim as to truthfulness) he spent nearly all his free time from the movie he was making drinking alone in his hotel room.  I have wondered if that was the cause or result of rumors I had heard often before of wounds that made him impotent.

      One thing I am certain of is that no one will get out of this magical vale of tears and heroes alive but for some strange reason few of us are in a hurry to depart.

      Best,  Terry

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