A new perspective

Today is about so many things that are so much bigger than us

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Memorial Day is about many things at once. Honoring our war dead. Remembering our loved ones who’ve passed on. And, of course, recharging our batteries for summer fun.

But most of all, Memorial Day is about perspective.

It’s a day given over to thinking about something bigger than ourselves. Like the sacrifices made on our behalf by freedom fighters we never knew. And, of course, pondering the infinite, and our modest role in it.

If there was one thing we could give to the young this graduation season, it might just be perspective. An ability to think things through properly. An appreciation for the long term – not just in this life, but beyond it.

If people would stop and consider the big picture – the fact that we all pass from this life; the likelihood that our ancestors are watching us now, and would not want to find us lacking; the fact that we will all be called to account for our earthly
actions – how different things would be.

Wouldn’t we be more patient with others, and even ourselves? Would there be crime, abuse or neglect? How could there be, if what we were seeing was so much bigger than ourselves?

Selfishness is the rot that eats away at the foundation of a good life or a great society. It’s at the core of so many of mankind’s self-inflicted problems. But an expanded perspective eats away at selfishness.

Nothing offers a new perspective quite like the thought of a stranger having died for your betterment, for your freedom and happiness.

Such heroes have many lofty qualities in varying quantities. Courage. Clarity. Grit. But the main thing they have that we should aspire to may simply be perspective.

Today is about so many things that are so much bigger than us. But then, every day can be.

May you take that perspective with you into the summer, fall and winter of your years.

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specsta
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specsta 05/27/13 - 01:48 am
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The Perspective of Humanity

ACES, this is a great commentary.

Perspective is very important. If we truly thought about our place in a universe of trillions of stars and billions of galaxies, we would realize that we know absolutely nothing. We don't even know what's in the depths of the ocean. We are ignorant, uneducated, and small-minded - puny creatures hoping to gain some actual intellect.

We are so dumb that we think that war and violence is a viable option, that we can ignore the plight of the poor and the sick and there will be no repercussions, that we can destroy our bodies and our environment with man-made poisons and yet somehow it will all be okay.

But that perspective of our lack of intelligence should input humility, understanding that our knowledge is limited - which should lead to an embracement and exploration of new ideas and new concepts. Such a perspective will also eliminate the idea that any human being is any better than anyone else.

fedex227
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fedex227 05/27/13 - 02:25 am
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"If there was one thing we could give to the young
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this graduation season, it might just be perspective. An ability to think things through properly."

Someting that might have been to given thousands of American children an opportunity to enjoy all this country had to offer.

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Riverman1 05/27/13 - 07:13 am
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Making Our Light in the Sky Special

Specsta, yep, realizing we are on a small planet in a billion sun galaxy in a billion galaxy universe does give one pause. There’s a large poster I’ve seen that depicts earth on the edge of the stars. It’s a sobering dose of reality. But seeing the physical smallness doesn’t mean a negative view of our existence is called for. Individuals can soar to find love, truth and beauty. Not everyone will, but some will strive to make their brief time in the universe remarkable. And this is where I come to the point where I disagree with you. Some human beings ARE “better” than others. Because all planets look like a simple light in the sky at night they are not the same.

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Bizkit 05/27/13 - 08:59 am
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Funny the analogy to the

Funny the analogy to the stars. Of all animals we aren't unique in using tools, recognition of self, language, etc, etc. But we are the only one that ponders our origin and the stars. We are mighty small-not very bright but very intuitive, not very successful in numbers compared to other species nor very diverse (even rodents beat us). But we sho' have left our mark. Thank heavens for the few like Newton, Einstein, etc whose efforts we all benefit. Created a means to explore the stars is quite an achievement for any biological species.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/27/13 - 10:26 am
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Psychologist agree that the

Psychologist agree that the belief in something greater and outside your self is very healthy psychologically-even Dr.Drew. Our President Obama should pay heed to their advice.

Darby
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Darby 05/27/13 - 01:47 pm
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Well, Specsta had me going there for just

a moment. I was thinking... this doesn't sound like the Specsta we've all come to know and love.

Then he reverted to his old style in the third paragraph, making the unsubstantiated assumption that war is always something we have a choice to make and is embraced as a solution to a problem, rather than an unavoidable instinctive survival reflex.

And as for ignoring the poor and sick, I defy anyone to provide an example of any nation that tries harder than we do in that arena. (We're going about it the wrong way, but that's another story.)

Poisoning our bodies and our environment?? That's laughable. The mantra of the greenies who are attempting to bring us to Utopian socialism through the destruction of our industrial base. A concept founded not on reality but on a flawed and twisted subjective view of the facts.

No people of this or any other country will voluntarily go back to hunting and gathering as a way of life. Nor will they accept a socialist dictatorship in exchange for their freedom.

Still, have to give Specsta credit for his first and second paragraph. Though they were obviously intended as a parry before the thrust.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 05/27/13 - 12:06 pm
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I'm happy to
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see servicemen and women recognized for their wonderful service to their country. While I served during the late 60's and early 70's, the likes of bill clinton, pelosi, ayers, angela davis and democratic party members vilified the military. Thank you supporters for the sacrifices our NOW volunteer military heroes are recieving.

Darby
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Darby 05/27/13 - 08:18 pm
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River... are you suggesting to me

that those poor lost and misguided souls who beat the living daylights out of that guy at River Walk, putting him into a life threatening coma are not as worthy as their victim??

Shame on you!!!!!

They just need to be taken by the hand and shown the goodness and purity that resides deep within them.

Darby
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Darby 05/28/13 - 09:00 pm
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Two thumbs down for my 2:47 pm post,

and yet not one single word in rebuttal. How can that possibly be?

Oh! I forgot, you need to have something going for you other than emotion and cut and paste talking points in order to debate.

In the GOP I WILL trust!

That and the Constitution (as long as we still have one).

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