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I commit to myself
And not to others
I say to myself
and not my brothers…
(I’ll do this.)  

There is a demand placed on the individual member of any group.

The Group comes first.

(This is not a Chicken or Egg puzzle…)

The first member looks for a person of like mind and The Group evolves.

Subsequent members are sold on ideals such as Unity (Karl Marx) and loyalty (mankind’s oldest lie).

Put yourself first. (No,) I said, (that doesn’t sound right.)

Admit to yourself that you have always put yourself first. And then…

If you see someone who needs your help, try to find a way to do that without the object of your attention (or anyone else for that matter) discovering that you are for that moment in time, their benefactor.

Later, you may look back on that moment and discover that in fact you actually put yourself first when you weighed the pros and cons of helping someone who needed help. (Now don’t go feeling guilty; you must put yourself first; life is dangerous to every living thing. We do what we can.)

My thanks to the stranger who saved my life on November 15, 2014.

(He did what he could.)

It was enough.



“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”
— John Barrymore

And the good news is that the insanity of the aging view is reversible. Gratitude and service to those who need it restores that crazy old man to sanity as he “Accepts the Love and passes it on” in the relay race where everybody wins. lb.


color029_sJPG_950_2000_0_75_0_50_50 Boy building a model airplane as girl watches. Robstown, Texas, January 1942. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Arthur Rothstein. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Competitive spirit, the will of the weak
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Of proof.
Wasted moments of life without purpose
Long of tooth.

So where are they now; What purpose was served
What evidence
Did survive?
(Arms out. Now walk. Now jump up and down.
Signs of Life.)

Competitive spirit; no more to be seen.
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Service to Other; a life now with purpose
Confidence second to
Life again moving