I make my living as a corporation. I am the president and
many of the employees are my grown children. There are
nine of us, and we have worked very hard for years to make
our business a success. We are people, you idiot. And
every corporation is a group of people joined together,
operating under specific rules, regulated by law. If the
Occupy people cannot even understand how it works
it's not surprising they all live in tents. And JIm, it says you
have battled the Powers that be for thirty years. How
has that worked out for ya?
Your childhood in Chicago resonates. My wife grew up in
the South Bronx in the 40's an 50's, and her stories mirror
yours. We are a mixed marriage. I was raised with no
religion and no rules, and am still without, and she is a
product of Catholic tradition. Still, I participated in the
life of Mission San Juan as her partner for years. We sang
in the choir under several directors (I love to sing) and I
served as Cantor with Father Ed and others priests there
for several years as well. No one ever asked if I was a
believer, and I never volunteered. I stopped finally
because it became apparent to me that far too many
people assumed I was devout, and It was either out myself
as a non-believer (I still hesitate to say the A-Word in
public) or quietly slip away with thin excuse.
I cannot judge. But I can attest to the pain I share with
many friends in SJB. And I am personally familiar with the
crushing emotional trauma shared by people who are
suddenly faced with terrible knowledge that a person
they love is radically NOT the person they loved; and
suddenly understand in stark relief the words in Bob
Seger's "Runnin' Against the Wind": "I wish I didn't know
now what I didn't know then.
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