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Pity vs. Self-Pity

The attractiveness of pity and the ugliness of self-pity are unarguable. Yet we live in a society in which self-pity far exceeds pity. The excessively ...


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The Wrong Kind of Pity

Pity is one of the noblest emotions available to human beings; self-pity is possibly the most ignoble. Pity is the capacity to enter into the pain of ...


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Playing Bad Hands

President Dwight Eisenhower described his mother as a smart and saintly lady. "Often in this job I've wished I could consult her. But she is in heaven. ...


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"Stand and Deliver": The Harm of Assuming the Worst

Stand and Deliver is a movie based on the true story of Jaime Escalante. In 1982, Escalante (played by Edward James Olmos) leaves a high-paying job as ...


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"In Love and War": Ernest Hemingway's Pride

The movie In Love and War is based on the WWI experiences of author Ernest Hemingway. The 18-year-old Hemingway (Chris O'Donnell) is a Red Cross volunteer ...


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"The Joy Luck Club": Mother Accepts Daughter

The film The Joy Luck Club, based on Amy Tan's novel, is about the strained relationships between four Chinese-born mothers and their adult American-born ...


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Boxer Refuses to Be Consumed by Bitterness

On June 17, 1966, two black men strode into the Lafayette Grill in Paterson, New Jersey, and shot three people to death. Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a celebrated ...


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God Is an Arm's-Length Away

William Frey, retired Episcopal bishop from Colorado, told the following story in a message on the power of God at work in us:

When I was a younger man, ...

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"A Thousand Acres": Dying Woman Chooses Unforgiveness

A Thousand Acres is the story of the long-term damaging effects of childhood sexual abuse upon two women, Ginny and Rose. When their aging father retires ...


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Dying Napoleon Bonaparte Changed His Mind About Forgiveness

A recently discovered draft of Napoleon Bonaparte's will was sold at auction in Paris for $149,505(U.S.).

One month before his death, a bedridden Napoleon, ...


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