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Best Possible Selves 30

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I haven't followed the career of Ariana Grande with anything but passive awareness, but I have followed the news from Manchester Arena with great interest. It is indeed jarring to imagine the violence of a musical event attended by teenagers and adults alike. In watching this evening's CBS News and the images of a vigil in the city's Albert Square, I learned more about the genuinely multi-cultural population of that city and was quite moved by Scott Pelley's commentary: "Turns out the secret of the civilized world is not United We Stand; it's Divided We Stand. Richer, stronger, for our diversity." Seemingly universal and certainly inspiring, I greatly admire the spirit of ordinary citizens who join together in protest or in celebration of peace and freedom.