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A Better Place

A far, far better place

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Many campers, most backpackers and all Boy Scouts know the saying, “Leave the campsite better than when you found it.” That goes far beyond, “Take only pictures, leave only footprints,” since it involves actively doing good.

A slight variation of this phrase is a good bedrock of your personal philosophy, “Leave the Earth better than when you found it.” Like the scouting phrase, it involves a protective part, “don’t do harm,” and an active part, “do good.”

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Can One Person Change the World? – Repost

Thank you Nelson Mandela!

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(February 11, 2015 – Do you remember what you were doing 25 years ago?  I do.  On 12 February, 1990 I had been in New Hampshire for a little over a year.  My brother was visiting from New Jersey to go skiing.  We were sitting in a brew-pub watching the TV.  It was a historic day, for after 27 years  Nelson Mandela had been freed.   On December 5, 2013 Nelson Mandela passed away.  It was very early in my blog’s history and I had only a handful of followers.  I posted the following on December 5, 2013 as my tribute)

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Regime change.  We all remember that phrase.  We remember how Americans mobilized behind that phrase and changed a regime.  The change in Iraq led to a bloody civil war that cost the lives of hundreds of thousands, some say over half a million people.

Although Iraq may be an extreme…

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When Left and Right Meet in Prison

We need to work together, right and left, more often.

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(Note – I published this before seeing an article about major left and right organizations joining forces on this very issue)

Back in the 1970s the left wing tried to institute a rehabilitation program into America’s prison system. The idea was to ensure that when an inmate is released from prison they would have the skills necessary to be a productive member of society. There was a large backlash. Anytime an ex-convict committed a crime it was front page news, usually with a comment about how “those bleeding heart liberals” value the lives of the dregs of society over the safety of your children.

There are still vestiges of the old rehabilitation in place, but for the most part prison life has become much harsher. The opposite of rehabilitation now occurs in most prisons. All too often somebody who has served a short sentence for a minor crime…

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Never Too Small – #1000Speak

Nor is any act too small…

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I was a little behind and the traffic wasn’t my friend. Everyone on the road seemed irritable. I was grumbling. Everyone was grumbling. I have rarely seen as many cars do as many mean and nasty things as their drivers fought to get ahead in a situation where it’s impossible to get ahead.

Funny, although I was in a hurry and in a bad mood, I waved more cars out in front of me on this commute than on most. They weren’t having any fun being stuck trying to get out of parking lots or parking spaces or driveways or little side roads as a seemly infinite line of cars snaked past.

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Never Too Big – #1000Speak

No, you never are too big.

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It doesn’t matter how big you are. No matter if your day was bad or stellar. No matter how late it is and how hard you worked. If you see someone in trouble, you reach out a hand to help, even if the person brought the trouble on themselves.

Vince Wilfork was on his way home from work. ‘Work’ of course was helping his team clinch a spot in the Super Bowl. The car in front of him flipped over so he got out and helped. I first read it here on the BBC. Since this is in many ways local news for Boston and neither ‘B’ in ‘BBC’ stands for ‘Boston’, here is a Boston Globe article about it.

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