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    On Apr 7, 2011 Conrad Pritscher wrote:

    I was touched. Normally I respond to what you write by saying my name is Conrad. Today, I gave my full name partly because of Lobsong's open expression. First, I thought I might respond by saying something about how death is natural and everything, including people, are impermanent  (dealing more with the content rather than how the content was expressed). After reading more, I thought what is important is not only what I say but how I say it. Kindness in expression says more than what is expressed. I believe there was a recent charityfocus.org comment which quoted Adous Huxley as saying something like, after all his years of learning and writing, the one thing he might say is: "Be kinder." I'm also reminded of William Penn's idea: "I shall pass this way but once, any good therefore that I may do, or any kindness that I may show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglected it for shall not pass this way again. I am also reminded of the St. Francis of Assisi prayer. I was told that the Torah says: "The highest form of wisdom is kindness." Thank you Viral for giving me the opportunity to respond to a beautiful writing. You have my gratitude.


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