“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity,” the great French philosopher Simone Weil wrote shortly before her untimely death.
James Bond once said, 'You only live twice.' Once when you are born and
again when you face death.
Fourth of July Post Mortem
We would be united if only the others weren’t dividing us:
Today, flying the American flag from the back of a pickup truck or over a lawn is increasingly seen as a clue, albeit an imperfect one, to a person’s political affiliation in a deeply divided nation. https://t.co/TODmHEmPsO
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 3, 2021
It’s deplorable, I tell ya. Deplorable!
Please, make it stop:
Mark Zuckerberg posted a video of himself on Instagram wakeboarding while holding an American flag and set to the music of the late John Denver singing “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”
I saw it, so now you have to see it too. I’m sorry. I did not make the rules.
— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) July 4, 2021
What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? Frederick Douglass
The Broker Who Saved America The Reformed Broker
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