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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Private Places of the Heart

Walter Cronkite - 2004

Today Kathy & I saw The King’s Speech.  This movie (about Britain’s King George VI (Colin Firth) and his Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush)) treats of the importance of the private places of the heart.  These are impressionable and vulnerable places where seeds germinate and later flourish for good or ill in the light of day.  It could be the way a child was treated at five years old, or could be the way a man is treated at forty-five.  When it really matters—when one is addressed as a human being and not as the holder of any position—one creates in one’s mind an incorrigible view of reality with the unavoidable conclusion—this must be true.  Walter Cronkite the news anchor known as “the most trusted man in America” followed each day’s newscast with the departing phrase “And that’s the way it is, [date aired].”  In the private places of the heart, these words, this assurance, gets annealed and hardened into a self-concept with wondrous durability.  With this is mind, to the maximum extent allowed by circumstances, we should be personable in interaction with human equality understood showing in concert a decisive and considered kindness.  We should do this in such a way as to imprint a healthy snapshot upon the private places of the heart.  Thus, we can become a friend to all.

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