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The popularity of today’s reality television shows demonstrates conclusively the satisfaction that results from seeing other people in difficult circumstances, not because people are inherently cruel but because when the show is over, the viewers are still fine.  All that is required from us is sympathy, and it’s easy to be sympathetic because it costs us nothing.  When it comes time to sacrifice, however, the price is no longer zero, and that is when the value of one’s character can be calculated.
   –  Colonel Jack Jacobs (Ret.)
Medal of Honor recipient
from his book “If Not Now, When?
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