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‘Coexistence or no existence’

So you finish counting and you say instead, “We do not have to be the same in order to be friends.” We are all intimately connected with one another. We breathe the same air and drink the same water. Our children go to school together and we are all worried about the economy. We are all struggling from one pay check to the next and we all, for the most part, try our best to be good people. I may not agree with you and you might be different, but diversity is good, diversity is essential, for the survival of the larger system upon which all of us without exception are totally dependent.

Unfortunately we all know that it is not that simple. Albert Einstein puts our dilemma quite well when he says:

“We have changed many things but we have not changed the fundamental way in which we think and thus we drift toward an unparalleled catastrophe of our own making.”

There is one final quote with which I would end. It is by Piet Hein, a Danish scientist, mathematician, inventor, author and poet who first published in April 1940. Piet Hein was also an active participant in the resistance movement. He is a shining example and a reminder of the incredible power of the word.

“Coexistence or no existence.”

That much at least is simple.

Roger Frary, Putnam Station

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