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Responsibility is the ability to respond and be fully responsible for oneself and for nobody else.  This is, I believe, the most basic characteristic of the mature person.
   —  Friedrich (Fritz / Frederick) S. Perls
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2015 e pluribus unum
2014 Nothing So Far Removed
2013 Positions
2012 Two Errors
2011 Long Live The King!

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The individual has to learn to accept his human role.  When an adult pettishly protests that he didn’t ask to be born, he overlooks the simple fact that nobody else did either.  Those whose services he commands had as little to say about being born as he himself had.  By his standard, therefore, they have as much right as he to ask that the world wait upon them – the only hitch being that the people upon whom the world would have to depend are also people who did not ask to be born.
To mature, in brief, is progressively to accept the fact that the human experience is a shared experience; the human predicament, a shared predicament.  A person remains immature, whatever his age, as long as he thinks of himself as an exception to the human race.
   —   Earl F. Wood, M.A.
From his book: “Senior English Review Exercises
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On This Day In:
2014 In Answer
Days Are Passing
2013 Opportunity
2012 Appropriate Qualities
2011 A Place To Hang My Hat

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