- Feb 2019
No need to feel sorry for me, I'm among the most fortunate of men. I live at a time in a world that for all of its problems, human-kind generally lives far better than our forebearers ... even those who we might have known. Science and Technology has given us both a magic Looking-glass and a the ability to travel to the furthest reaches of our world in less time than it took to travel from London to Paris a hundred years ago. Modern medicine has wiped out many of the terrible diseases that once killed millions long before their time, and has eased the suffering of even more. I've had the good luck to be born an American at it's zenith, a place where the quality of Justice and prosperity has made princes of paupers, where outsiders and minorities have made great strides in being treated fairly. My wife died, but what is more common than that? Thankfully we all die, and being a widower for me is much easier than it would have been had I lost the coin-toss would have been for Natalie. What a life I've been privileged to participate in and to witness. I've traveled widely, seen strange and beautiful things, known and learned from some of the giants still living during my lifetime. I've studied in fine colleges and universities and learned to think, to structure, organize and analyze almost anything. I've been tested by extreme poverty, physical dangers, and the daily grind of living in the 20th century ... a time when we all managed to escape Nuclear War or the victory of Communism. I witnessed the evolution of the Old Values into what now exists. I've been shot at and shat upon; loved, hated, and tolerated. I think that I've faced all life's challenges, with honor. Above all, I was fortunate to have heard the Buddha's Teaching, and have, I hope managed to mitigate my wee share in the Suffering all sentient creatures must bear.