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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Best Friends

Today Kathy and I watched the 1966 film starring Sidney Poitier, To Sir With Love.  In this film a teacher helps an undisciplined class finally to begin operating in their own best interests.  In the lyrics of the theme song eventually sung in honor of the teacher by a student at a graduation party are these words:

The time has come,
For closing books and long last looks must end,
And as I leave,
I know that I am leaving my best friend,
A friend who taught me right from wrong,
And weak from strong,
That's a lot to learn….

Certainly if one had their choice in a role to play in this life, it would be to be a best friend to mankind demonstrating through teaching and manifesting in life the right path, the truly strong behavior.  As the movie illustrates, a best friend often is not perceived as such until dead ends have been tried and finally abandoned.  Time and again it is through desperation that we finally perceive with some surprise the identities of our best, truest friends.

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