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  •  And so, slap me five, in the end (3+ / 0-)
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    RustyBrown, artmartin, tytalus

    we find more to agree with, by far, than disagree with. I will be as "ecstatic" as you are, when ALL chemical weapons are surrendered to the international community.

    MB, I really, really believe in a global community, because it's here, even if some don't yet get that. This IS a new concept in our times, as if you review history, and I know you have, you know that the concept of a "global community" is relatively new.  And, I think this is a foreign concept to many Americans. They just don't see it yet.

    Evolution is SO freaking slow, and if we see an honest inch forward in our lifetimes, we're doing, frankly, rather well. I know we want more. As have all those who came before us.

    IMO, one of the greatest challenges to the US is to SHEPHERD the concept of a global community, to be the leader in THAT. To get over any idea of "American exceptionalism" and instead, BE EXCEPTIONAL, rather than talking about it.

    One of the ways I think we can, and have in the last days done this, is being willing to "BACK OFF." Attribute that to anyone you want to, but for today it is true.

    The ability to "BACK OFF" and reconsider, is at least for me, one of the things that as I grow older, I depend on to lead a good life.

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 06:35:58 PM PDT

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    •  My undergraduate degree is international... (5+ / 0-)

      ..relations with an emphasis on Latin America (Class of '69). This included a lot of economics and international law. So I've thought about this stuff, and all its frustrating dimensions for a long time. It would be welcome indeed if we could make it work as well in life as it does in the textbooks.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 06:43:36 PM PDT

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      •  Yep. (2+ / 0-)
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        antirove, artmartin

        My undergraduate degree was in History, (Class of 74, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison---which if you know the times there, you know how one might start out as an adult in life, with a WHOLE LOT OF QUESTIONS)

        From there, I taught history for a couple of years and then moved on, for whatever reason, I wouldn't dream of boring you with the details.

        Yet still, I LOVE the study of history, read about it often, even if I've left its discipline as a career. And you know, my experience in my studies is different than yours.

        In my study of history, it never worked out all that well in the text books. In fact, my studies underlined exactly where it didn't work out well for the human race, over and over again.

        And yet, still, we're here. I cheer that, and hope for that to continue, in the name of my son and beloved nieces and nephews and neighborhood kids. That's why I fight for what I do.

        I've had a pretty good run, and frankly, it just isn't that much about me anymore, but what I can give to those who face a new world, as every generation does.

        One thing's for sure, if all of this isn't eternally humbling to thinking people, then we aren't thinking.  

        "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

        by StellaRay on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 07:16:29 PM PDT

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