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Jay E. Abernathy, Jr.
Yet, within us is also a great void. We feel this void at times of great
loneliness, frustration, and despair. Sorrow, hatred, and greed, too, are within
Just as we need to be alone at times to put things right, so do we need to be
with others to love and be loved. This great social urge also is within us as
powerfully as that separateness -- that uniqueness -- that gives us identity.
us look within ourselves with honesty and trust. We shall find there a personal
center important to who we are. We shall find there something held in common
with those about us -- family, friends, neighbors -- and in ever-widening
circles until we find that which we have in common with all people, something
irreducibly human, something completely natural.
This is the center of all religion, all love, all concern for others; and it
is the center of all personal growth. May these few moments be a personal time
for you -- a time for that person within you who feels at one with humanity,
with nature, and with all the universe that was, is, and shall be. Amen.
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Last updated on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.
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