Edith Andersen

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The more we learn, the less likely we are to get puffed up with opinions, the lowest form of human knowledge. When we learn for ourselves instead of listening to others filling us with fear, we have an opportunity to remove the “sky is falling” feeling. We often find that what’s happening today, as in the Supreme Court case, is nothing new, but history repeating itself. Some argue that books, no matter who writes them, don’t tell the truth. I’d counter: If you read enough, the brighter your light of comprehension. Deciding not to self-educate is a choice to remain in darkness and denies you a seat at the table.

Capitalism has made America great, people exclaim. America is where everyone can make it big. They claim. Some of my friends speak of economic competition like it’s one of Jesus’s apostles. But Jesus didn’t only have one apostle. He had twelve.

After a recent oral surgery, the post-op instructions included not to talk for 24 hours. Tim suggested, for an abundance of caution, I should make it 48 or 72. Cold drinks only and take a week to work back to normal schedule. Even this minimal lifestyle change is onerous. A liquid diet for a week puts me in a bad mood.

We have experiences that are so out of the ordinary that your family doubts your retelling, and you wonder, did it really happen? It’s not a: I walked ten miles to school every day, in the deep snow, uphill and into the wind kind. It’s more like the Candid Camera moment when a naked young woman, wearing high heel shoes and holding a purse, stepped out of an elevator and asked people for directions.