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Triumph and tragedy

Grecian Cassandra is a figure both of the epic tradition of triumph and of tragedy, where her contradictory combination of deep understanding and powerlessness exemplify the tragic condition of humankind. On the other hand, heroic failure a la Obama-thology describes a person or group failing to accomplish their goal, but somehow gaining the metaphysical upper...
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Overpride is humanity’s bane

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rong_Qiqi Confucius encounters Rong Qiqi, an elderly recluse who has chosen a life of ascetism. Rong is starkly in contrast with the Confucian ideal of a successful man; he is elderly, poorly dressed, with no material possessions or ambitions. And yet, despite his poverty, Rong appears happy to Confucius. He responds to Confucius’ bewilderment with...
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What is the meaning of life?

What is the meaning of life?

Ahhhh ¦.. console and comfort in the embrace of youthful innocence and purity — from a dearest soulful classmate, a daughter of Divinity, whom I’ve not discoursed with in 40 long years – From “Sista’ – Back in 1970, when I was a senior in high school, someone told me to consider yourself lucky if...
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Our new Council Chair Dominic Yagong

Dom Yagong (born 1959) was star quarterback at Honoka’a High, and as is typical of the field general, is decisive and bold a la Gen. Patton.   Dom served as our County Council member from Hamakua (1996-2002), at which time he recused himself for business career reasons, not to do with political projections.   Dom ran for mayor vs. Harry...
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A Rush Order from Mayor Kenoi

The East Hawai’i coalition of 6 Hawai’i County Council members, 3 of whom were beaten in the recent elections,  led by Donald Ikeda, set a special session for Nov. 30 to reconsider a $56 million dollar loan request from Mayor Billy Kenoi to fund projects not tied specifically to the...
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