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Thank you. Most uplifting. 🙋‍♀️

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Such good mindful perspective to pierce through the haze of shared grief and despair in our world and our country. Thank you 🙏🏼

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Nov 18, 2023·edited Nov 18, 2023

Thank you, a message like this is much needed when despair is all around. Beautifully written.

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Thank you Dan and Elliot.

We must remember our shared humanity and support each other as well as support and endorse those who are compassionate leaders. We all suffer when others and the planet are in turmoil. Peace.

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Well written and thought provoking; definitely needed to read these words today. Thank you Dan Rather and team, you are so appreciated to help me keep my sanity

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The disheartening thing for me is to hear and read of various Americans saying that they are going to vote for the declared fascist autocratic dictator and his just exposed plans for his perceived enemies and anyone! of color. Because they are mad that inflation is not going down fast enough and or they are mad about what is happening in the mid east. Or just Biden is old. A lot of us are old and are just fine. lol. BUT TO SUPPORT THE ACTUAL PLANNED DESTRUCTION OF FREEDOMS AND LIBERTIES is disconcerting. All that I can say is those of us who want freedom and liberty and no concentration camps MUST GET OUT AND VOTE FOR BIDEN AND ALL DEMOCRATS RUNNING FOR OFFICE AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT cities, counties states and federal. This is an everyone get out and vote even if you have never voted before get registered and vote. If you are registered please check you status to make sure you have not been dropped. Please vote like it is life and death because it is. And just because you are wealthy or just “white” trump and his fascist henchmen will come for you too eventually.

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Oh gosh! Belated happy birthday…like fine wine, you just getter better n better!🥰

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Thank you. We needed this one to ponder what comes next.

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Belated Happy Birthday Mr. Rather🎉

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Probably... No, it is one of the best articles that I've read in a long while. You covered it all. The anger, grief, denial, fear, disgust. Oh, I could go on but that article made me have that I wasn't the only one so that means hope. Thank you!

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Thank you for expressing so well what I and so many others are feeling at this time.

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I am eighty-six, and lately I have been revisiting all of the wars and not-so-wars that have occurred during these eighty-six years. My first was WWII when I was four and a half, and was occasioned at the time by the birth of my next younger brother, two days before Pearl Harbor. Then, in some kind of order, were Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia [not a war, just a conflict], the strife in South American countries, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Gulf Wars, and, now Ukraine and Israel. I'm sure that I've missed some very important blips on our Calendar of Wars. For me, it has been one long war with a few outbreaks of quiet and calm, maybe peace. When I think of the money and treasure that has been spent on this very long war, I am forced to add up all of the good that the money and treasure might have wrought. Maybe there would be no starving children anywhere on the planet; maybe everyone would get the preemptive care and medical care that would avoid so many illnesses; maybe every person, according to his or her beliefs and culture, could learn the truth of the world . . . that we are here, not of our own choosing, but by that of our parents, and that we . . . . YES, WE are the source of peace. If we just refuse to fight, to bear ill will, to resist those who would use lies and deceit to further their misshapen visions of life on Earth, just maybe . . . . MAYBE . . . . . .!

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Well said; thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, Marjorie.

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The "Steady" assessment of our state of being is reasonable. As to what happens after that is unpredictable. But if we continue to keep the faith with faithful guideposts of yore, chances are that we will prevail mostly unscathed despite the scoundrels among us.

The trouble is, in frenetic times such as now touch us, we can forget the principles that saw us through previous tough times, such as the race riots that gratuitously brought on unneeded misery in major cities (Tulsa, Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh & elsewhere). Or the privations endured everywhere during WWII, including family members who never returned from the front afterward. Hopefully we have learned from those painful experiences how to conduct our lives more constructively to avoid a repeat.

The same for "Gentlemen's Agreements" that were nothing more than formalized discrimination. Or outlawing marriage between persons not of the same "tribe," that replaced morality with immorality. Or official skullduggery resulting in coups and takeover around the globe.; attempts to take what belonged to others. Or various genocides. Or denying equal suffrage of any sort. None of which belong in any democracy or successful civil life.

Life can be affirming and rewarding if we enable it to be, and provoke nothing to foil it. Good places to start (& to uphold) are "The Golden Rule." Or, "One person, one vote." Or "Do unto others (etc.)"

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Me too. I can’t watch it because it’s to painful and stupid and barbaric. I worked all day in my garden, which helps keep me somewhat sane.

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In these times that tempt us to despair, your words remind us of hope...steady indeed. Thank you, Dan and team.

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