I was having a pleasant chat with my brother this afternoon — he is a brilliant scientist now retired. Our political views are more or less polar opposites which shows independence of mind, but makes political talk a bit hazardous. Our ‘little’ sister tiptoes around us with such subjects.

It is fascinating to see that intelligent people can end up with such opposed views — my scientist brother mentioned that he had been reading a book that maintains that global warming is a recurrent event and not caused by human activities. We both care about people, but differ in our notions about what governments should do for them. Our views on European socialism — vastly different info and evaluations.

About that point in our conversation I figured that I better get on with some blogs that have been delayed — the hazards of aging. I have pressure on a spinal nerve that messes up my left hand for typing — but I should have no excuse for typos, as I can see them post eye surgery last month.

I wonder how many other families have such political differences and how they handle them? There are so many pressures on people. We had a visit today from a homeless one who drops by every few months. It is a sad case. She mainly seeks shelter at the residences of Catholic priests who had her jailed one time. We and many others have tried to get her off the streets — but she is one of the angry ones and institutions can’t help her. Having been a teacher for many decades, I know of too many such cases. They are heart-breaking.

And so it goes.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent 212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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