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On Being Human

“If you want to know what being Canadian is, it’s being part of the human race, allowing yourself to be vulnerable.” ~Gord Downie

Of everything I have learned from Gord over the years, it’s this quote that captures my attention the most. It hits me deep. I interpret it as follows:

When we accept our own impotence we can be that much greater.

When we acquiesce to our own susceptibility we can be that much more giving.

When we assume a position of defencelessness we can be even more helpful.

When we are humble, vulnerable and act with humility, we are a part of the human race.

For what it’s worth, my “money” is on Gord. Let us all be a part of humanity and the human race.

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