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    the important things into focus. What I hear you saying, I believe, is that we too often try too hard to be "something", but what we have no real idea. In the end, why not just be ourselves?

    The Zaddik, the righteous person, is said to be "toko varu", his insides are like is outsides; that is, he is transparent. Nowhere does it say the Zaddik is without doubts or fears. If he were, I'm not sure how human he'd be. It's not what we say that matters, it is what we do and what we are. When we can harmonize what we say with what we do, we have the integrity which you exemplified through the Quaker sea-captains and businessmen.

    We needn't be perfect, we need only be whole. We needn't be single-minded, we need only be focused. We needn't be faultless, we need only be transparent.

    All the best, sir, but especially for your wife, whom, with your permission, I shall keep in my thoughts and prayers.

     

    None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    by achronon on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 05:14:14 AM PST

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