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July 08, 2004

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William Schlesinger

The original question was, 'What must I do to get my share of real life?' And the answer is - live as the compassionate one showing mercy. 24/7. And that is as much beyond me as the Shema. I make stabs at it periodically, and at other times, I walk by on the other side. Life is a gift; we don't earn it by our compassion (although I do feel much more alive when engaged in compassion than not). Paralysis and exhaustion are part of my life. So is stopping and caring for someone who shows up, and so is building systems of care. But there is finally no justification that earns me the right to be on this planet for however long I get.

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