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I am constantly torn between the heroes of the east — who are heroes for their ability to see things as they really are — and the heroes of the west — who are heroes for their ability to see things that are not but that should be, and then to build them. One is mainly about accepting, the other is mainly about rejecting and creating. Being from the U.S., it is natural for me to have the second kind of heroes, even as I see the wisdom of the first. But whenever I try to behave like an eastern hero, it always feels like posing, wasting time, or giving up.

Jonathan Harris . Clouds and coins

Jonathan is keeping one of my favorite blogs these days. It reminds me how rare it is to find thoughtful, emotional contemplation (especially online), and how valuable those things really are to our lives.

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Ramkumar Shankar