My Response to Divide and Conquer

In some ways, however small and secret

Each of us is a little mad.

Everyone is lonely at bottom,

And cries to be understood.

But we can never entirely understand someone else

And each of us remains part stranger,

Even to those who love us.

It is the weak who are cruel.

Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.

Those who do not know fear

Are not really brave,

For courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.

And you can understand people better

If you look at them,

No matter how old, or impressive they are

As if they are children.

For most of us never really mature,

We simply grow taller.

And happiness comes only when we push our hearts and brains

To the farthest reaches of which we are capable.

For the purpose of life is to matter,

To count,

To stand for something,

To have it make some difference that you lived

At all.

– Leo Rosten

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