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have always been haunted by history’s tragic stories. get angry at others’  arrogant indifference about them: why stories are doomed to be repeated. feel country and world are in very dark time now. so easy to slip past the tipping point.

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one of the things you read last night was the Gettysburg Address. it’s always somehow soothing to read Lincoln. he wrote with such straightforward simplicity & earnestness. determined to speak truthfully, with lyrical prose as a result.

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Martin Luther King was like Lincoln in gifts of writing & speaking, lead by principles & strong beliefs. all sorely missed these days.

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[Reading Amor Towles’s wonderful A Gentleman in Moscow]: wanton destruction of people & the treasures of their history. but also reading of their resilience. reaction to despair can lead to destruction or regeneration. a choice, as is everything.

      

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