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    Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN

    "realistic" is better than practical.

    For me as a teacher, my ideal is to change the world by educating people. But I realized long ago that goal was realistically unattainable in its ideal sense. Nevertheless, realistically, I can (and, I hope, do) make that happen to a small extent every year--on a county level.

    I agree that one must have underlying ideals and principles but one must also deal with reality. I agree that we must harmonize them. I see my ideals as the bass and rhythm of my life and my daily activities as the melody. When those two are in harmony, I am satisfied. It's the manifestation of the ideal.

    I think that is what the diarist is feeling when daily social work is satisfying.

    "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well, I have others." --Groucho Marx

    by Dragon5616 on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 05:43:50 PM PDT

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