Originally published October 22nd, 2003.
Filed under Lex
One of personal all-time favorite posts from Lex. Not necessarily because of what he believes in (even though we pretty much match up), but how he states it.
Todd – everyone – i have been thinking about this today – and in my thoughts was also Eric Hoffer – Longshoreman – but that was just his day job – put food on the table job – He is not remembered for that longshoreman job
One of my top two, the other being On Faith, December 11, 2003.
A classic post. A heartfelt and profound point of view.
Ditto to SoCal. And it reminds me that I WAS reading Lex in 2003; wasn’t commenting yet. Because I remember reading this post when it was first written – and being so happy to have found a place hosted by someone whose beliefs were identical to my own. I knew then that it would be a special place to hang around.
And I was right. Such a great place and such great company.
His statement: I believe some people should be ashamed.
Reminds me of Mark Twain’s observation:
Man is the only animal who can blush. Or needs to.
This is a classic “Lex” article on his beliefs. Always watch yourself, Lex has this ability to make what everybody thinks sound as if it is a choice between absolute black and absolute white. Lex had the ability to see the huge area of gray. As we look at our different situations we need to see that very same gray.
I think what he said about Left and Right is true – the Left Builds – the Right Protects – and both are needed.
Based on what Todd wrote about his column on Faith I read it – and it is so profound I have to save it – and read it again. Just from the first read I saw his struggle between church rituals and bigger Truths.
I am reminded again on just what we lost when Lex departed this veil of tears. I’m also reminded of how lucky we were to have him for what little time God granted him on this Earth.
Profound and lasting, this one.
I believe it’s time for another beer.
In EVERY respect.
I believe that we had a humble intellectual star walking amongst us, who knowingly shared his precious- because-limited time with us, too. I’ve printed this out, this time around, to keep ready for repeated reference. Thanks for reposting it. Thanks, Lex, for sharing it the first time.
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