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December 23, 2005


Phil Nash

There are several flavors of "poor." Material poverty is hard. Moral poverty is worse. Spiritual and intellectual poverty are bad also.

Your parents remind me of my Tajitsu grandparents. Each was a scholar by contemporary standards, yet they ran a laundry, drove a truck, and did a lot of things that we associate with the "lower class" in this society.

Integrity. Humor. A sense of beauty. Respect for knowledge. Love for family. An understanding of one's place in the universe. And a desire to make it just a little bit better than the way you found it. These are the things that ultimately make one "rich" in the course of a lifetime.

The United States is a profoundly impoverished society in many ways that are not even apparent to many of us. It sounds to me like your parents are rich in some the ways that matter. And so are you.

Keep up the good work. Have a good holiday and new year!

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