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Such a short and sad life? Hardly without purpose

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My wife sent me this on Facebook. I have tracked down the original, and include here the excerpt she shared with me. It is offered in tribute to Trisomy awareness month, to all my friends with special children.

These special souls remind us that true love doesn’t need a reason. We often love others for what they give us – we love our children because they are cute, smart and high achievers; we love our spouse for the pleasure and contentment they …give us; we love our parents because they care for us. This is love, but it is not pure.

When a child is born that will never achieve worldly success, cannot provide the usual source of pride for her parents, all extraneous reasons to love her fall away and what’s left… is the purest love that there can be. These children are lovable not because of what they do for you, and not because of what they will one day become, but simply because they are.

These pure souls remind us what love should be. Only such a pure and holy soul can elicit such a pure and holy emotion. We can only stand in awe of them, and the parents and friends who care for them. And we can only thank them all, for giving us a glimpse of what true love really means.

(excerpt from Israel National News in answer to the question: If life has a purpose, what is the purpose of such a short and sad life?)

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March 6th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

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Blogosphere and citizen journalism

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Blogs are not synonymous with citizen journalism, but they are related. (More information about citizen journalism from a professional viewpoint.) A recent news story about Saudi bloggers shows why journalism matters, and also suggests why citizen journalism may be the best option available for fulfilling the journalistic mission in a closed society.

Written by Donnell

March 4th, 2010 at 9:13 pm