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Long Lake man a reminder of one's humanity

We made our way around the community, stopping every so often to deliver a meal. Each time George and Wallace were received with a smile and a heart-felt thank you.

That's when George said, "I have some pick-ups to do."

He swung into a driveway, and an elderly woman by the name of Joanne hopped into the back seat with me.

"You pick people up, too, George," I asked.

He told me that he routinely drives as many as five or six people to the meal site, where they can mingle with others in a social environment. He even picked up one man's mail and dropped it off at the post office.

Five days a week, George Green makes his rounds, bringing not only food, but a kind face and a warm smile. Everyone seemed genuinely happy to see him.

Later in the week I followed up with a phone call.

"Why are you asking me this stuff? I am not the story," he said to me.

After a brief interview I learned more about his childhood as a farmer's son, his time in the military during World War II and his career in the CIA.

It seemed as if George lived to serve not only his country, but humanity as a whole.

We can all learn something from George Green. He doesn't do what he does for fanfare or recognition, he does it because it is good for the community. He does it because he believes he can make an impact in someone's life on a daily basis.

The true number of lives positively touched by George is likely lost to the universe, but this isn't about sheer volume.

This example stands as a testament to serving others and helping to bring about Aristotle's one universal pursuit - happiness.

Stories like George's happen all around us, but are often lost in the hurried shuffle of the post-silicon chip lifestyle. This story stands at the very core of our humanity, the single altruistic phenotype which gave way to civilizations and institutions. It is what we are as a species.

I for one will never forget my two hours with George Green, and I hope that someday I can bring people such comfort.

Thanks George, because of you I may have rediscovered my humanity.

Jon Alexander is editor of the News Enterprise. He can be reached at jonathan@denpubs.com

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