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  •  The only truism (none)
    about the words "no one," is that no one is ever really alone. No matter how different someone may think they are, millions of others feel the same way.

    And I, for one understand how hard it is to separate. And before you are even tempted to think it is just the two of us, stop :-). Mary Oliver "gets it," too:


    The Journey
    by Mary Oliver

    One day you finally knew
    what you had to do, and began,
    though the voices around you
    kept shouting
    their bad advice--
    though the whole house
    began to tremble
    and you felt the old tug
    at your ankles.
    "Mend my life!"
    each voice cried.
    But you didn't stop.
    You knew what you had to do,
    though the wind pried
    with its stiff fingers
    at the very foundations,
    though their melancholy
    was terrible.
    It was already late
    enough, and a wild night,
    and the road full of fallen
    branches and stones.
    But little by little,
    as you left their voices behind,
    the stars began to burn
    through the sheets of clouds,
    and there was a new voice
    which you slowly
    recognized as your own,
    that kept you company
    as you strode deeper and deeper
    into the world,
    determined to do
    the only thing you could do--
    determined to save
    the only life you could save.

    -- "Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppression...will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day." -- Thomas Jefferson

    by Todd Johnston on Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 10:30:33 PM PST

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    •  I think that's one of the true strengths (none)
      of the internet.

      Nobody ever needs to feel alone. There are so many places to find someone who's had similar experiences, who can offer help and empathy, that wasn't possible before. Especially if you live in a small town, or rural area.

      It's a strength - and it's a weakness. It's a strength, because you can find kindred souls, but it's a weakness because you can also ignore other viewpoints and just live in an echo chamber.

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