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  •  It helps if those "one persons" have a movement (1+ / 0-)
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    behind them, educating them, supporting them, encouraging them, soothing their wounds and tending their spirits when the things those "one persons" must face and endure become so difficult.

    I don't mean in any way to minimize the personal strength, courage and character of either of these pathbreakers, but it is important to remember that they in fact, didn't do this alone, nor did they do it for themselves alone.

    Once upon a time in America, there was a movement...

    (When we tell our stories, we Americans, we're just not good with movements; all our stories are individual tales.  We need to work on that, I think)

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 08:40:10 PM PST

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    •  You are correct (1+ / 0-)
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      That it is the large movement behind them as well.   The reason why people latch onto individuals is because it reminds us that a movement isn't just a big mass of nameless people.  

      We can't single out every one, but it gives us a reminder of how there are a million stories of courage.  It's why we focus on a single soldier in telling a war story or a single survivor, etc.

      I wish humans could think about it differently, but there is a certain way humans think about numbers and impact.  

      But your point is very well taken ;)

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 09:30:33 PM PST

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