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Fellowship…

“Fellowship” is not just a religious concept, nor is it necessary for the irreligious to bristle at the term. Fellowship is visible everywhere. It’s all around you – you need only look. It’s in those instances of loyalty to a sports franchise, amongst people who have no other reason to speak – a unique fellowship, often one of both pain and joy. It can also be found in the desire to work side by side with complete strangers for the good of all, after some great disaster. And it’s abundantly present in the shared smile of two people who cannot otherwise communicate; as well as in the wish we all have to comfort a crying child.

Nature’s Benevolence…

The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence. Nature never wears a mean appearance. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature (1836) Ch. 1, Nature. Tell that to the man facing a hungry lion empty-handed, or caught out at sea in the middle of a typhoon… convince him of nature’s benevolence… EJ Liederstein [Follow-up note to the above rejoinder] Do not mistake what I’m saying. I’m not the doom and gloom pessimist my words might lead you to believe I am; nor am I the one who sees the sable lining in every cloud. What I’m saying is, if you insist on clothing nature within your anthropomorphic fantasies, then I will vehemently disagree with you. Nature never wears a mean appearance – because she has no ‘appearance’ to wear. She is neither draped in the latest fashions, nor is she at all concerned with how you or anyone else perceive her. She is not, strictly speaking, even a ‘she’. …