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    I give thanks for my personal family.  My personal family, like ALL African-American families, is composed of every skin color and of several of the religions found on Earth.  Yet, there is something in those different looking people, who have different beliefs, which binds all of us into a family which coalesces in times of trouble and which celebrates in times of joy.
     I give thanks for the human family at large.  Although the human wars are a blight on the history of the world, it is the peaceful times which demonstrate how creative and unique are these beings called humans.  In the absence of wars, the people build and devise inventions which contribute to the upward mobility of all humans and which augers well for a future based, not on war, but on justice and fairness.
     I give thanks for the Kossacks.  I have only been on this site for a short time, but my respect for the reasoned discourse of the Kossacks only grows with each passing day.  The Kossacks are passionate and imbued with those characteristics of zealotry which sometimes results in raucous language.  But spirited exchanges are the very essence of a democracy, and it is that love for democracy which forms the basis for the existence of the Kossacks.
     Therefore, on this, the 22nd day of November, 2012, I give thanks for all of the above, and lest I forget, I give thanks to God for my life and for the lives of all others.  Although we often appear insignificant in our individual quests, I am persuaded that each life makes a monumental contribution to the pathway which leads to the ultimate success of human beings.  As Faulkner wrote, man will not only endure, he will prevail.  And Dr. King stated that the arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.    

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