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Mar. 31st, 2017

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Today's lesson in humility/being humble/being humbled.

Every time there's a natural or man-made disaster, politicians everywhere fly like moths to flame to claim that the victims and their families are "in our thoughts and prayers." Such hypocritical bullshit, if those thoughts and prayers don't turn into votes and dollars to rebuild communities and overturn or enact laws that might prevent the next tragedy.

I have held little to no regard for this phrase through most of my life, but, having just lived through a significantly negative event, my perspective is changed, humbled. Humbled by you.

"Thoughts and prayers" are utter bullshit, empty words uttered in front of cameras, to make one seem compassionate. Unless they are offered to you by those you care for and those who care for you, and even those you have little thought of, those with genuine concern. When you're alone, in pain, suffering, and someone for whom you are on little more than a first name, nodding basis with tells you "I'm praying for you to get better", it doesn't matter if you don't truly believe in any God. They just told you that they do, and that you're worth their time and effort for them to bend a knee to their God and ask Him or Her to help you out. This is not because *you*, laying there suffering, are great or worthy, but the person who is praying for you surely is. You may deserve it, or not, but it is their kindness and love, freely offered, that is the important part.

This is vastly humbling.

That so many of you, my good friends, my distant friends, my acquaintances, you who are only my friends because we hit each other with sticks one time 30 years ago, have reached out to me and expressed your hopes that I heal, I mend, I fully recover, is a gift I never knew the measure of before. It's tiny. Even if all you do is spend the muscular effort to type out "I hope you're well soon", very little effort is needed, however, it is also Archimedes Lever. Archimedes, the man who could move the whole Earth, given a long enough lever and a place to stand. Tiny words, but so very meaningful to the one on the receiving end.

Many many of you have kept me in your thoughts, prayed to your Gods for me, called, written, visited, cooked me food, and any number of small services that you could do. Small services for you, infinitely vast services for me. I cannot thank you enough for your kindness, but I will try. I will try to be worthy of it, and extend it to others. Thanks.

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