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September 27, 2009

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Sam -

After reading your inspiring post on Fred Stocking last week, I made Chris order a copy of "Aidan's Way" for me. I spent all morning yesterday reading it and coincidentally, had just finished recounting your experience with Safire to Chris when we saw this post. Wow! What a time that must have been!

The book is beautiful, by the way. I'm a person with a strong need to control and a bit of a nattering nabob of negativism (to borrow from your strange bed fellow), so its message is a very important one for me. Thank you!

Sam,

One of the things Safire did in his "On Language" columns was to attempt a "rectification of names," which always struck me as a very Confucian enterprise. One might not always agree with his rectifications, but it was clear he attached importance to the enterprise. Comments?

The hubris you are showing here is unbelievable and the most unbelievable thing is this: you don't even realize it as it is...

The constant presence of the burden is so heavy, it is very difficult to " check the show of pride."

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"Take up the White Man’s burden –
In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_white_mans_burden.gif

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