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THE COSTS OF CONSISTENCY by Perry Mann

THE COSTS OF CONSISTENCY Every virtue can be practiced to a fault. Frugality can become avarice. Courage can become recklessness. Devoutness become sanctimony. Wariness, paranoia. Enthusiasm, fixation. And consistency can turn into inflexibility, and worse, dogmatism—the fuel of zealotry. Every … Continue reading

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“WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A HUMAN BEING?” by Perry Mann

“WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A HUMAN BEING?” In reading an article on Thoreau, I discovered the question that is the title of this article. It intrigued me. Just what does it mean to be a human being? The … Continue reading

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TO POSSESS IS TO LOSE by Perry Mann

TO POSSESS IS TO LOSE William Blake wrote a poem in which he advised that to bend to oneself a joy is to destroy the winged life but that to kiss the joy as it flies is to live in … Continue reading

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Foolish Consistency

I stole this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson from my friend Rick Wilson’s blog goatrope A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing … Continue reading

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