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earthytaurus3 80F
17143 posts
7/30/2020 8:44 am
For whom the bell tolls ................


RIP, John Lewis.

You were, from (all accounts) , a good and faithful servant and true (to) a cause. I've learned you were better at VISION than DIVISION because your very soul was intact and uncompromising. Therefore, your life was not for naught. You've left an indelible mark. That's far more than the vast majority of us will ever achieve.

At the same time I'm wanting (to pay) tribute a committed freedom seeker, I'm utterly appalled at Donald Trump's lack of attention (to) the loss, let alone (display any) empathy or sympathy ... with other items on his agenda. I'm soooooooooooo saddened by the absence of humanity in the man that I can barely express it. HOW have we come (to) this? .A 'sleeping giant' needs be re-awakend!

Farewell, John Lewis. You've served humanity well.



earthytaurus3 80F
42345 posts
7/30/2020 8:46 am

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Skariff2 67M
3017 posts
7/30/2020 10:49 am

John Donne's words fit here beautifully.

Every man's death affects me because I am involved in Mankind, Therefore, do not send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.

Prejudice cannot be conquered with logic, logic didn't instill it and logic cannot eradicate it.


earthytaurus3 replies on 7/30/2020 11:43 am:
They certainly do.

earthytaurus3 replies on 7/30/2020 1:07 pm:
Thanks for being more explicit of Donne's message. It's well worth repeating. Sometimes I assume too much.

LeafReport 69M
3976 posts
7/30/2020 11:04 am

John Lewis was an extraordinary man. It's a tremendous loss for America. I will never forget his passionate speeches. They pierced humanity in ways impossible to deny. John Lewis made a difference. I find it tragic, horribly tragic, that the republican party refused to fix the voting rights act before his death.


earthytaurus3 replies on 7/30/2020 11:46 am:
Former President Barack Obama shown like a beacon in the night in delivering his eulogy. I'm reminded of his grace and presence as our Commander in Chief.

dusty117 69M
1289 posts
7/30/2020 12:41 pm

I've learned a lot about John Lewis in recent days thanks to great media coverage. All I can say is wow .. a great man and a true Patriot.

When a great man or woman dies great people show up to show respect and great things age talked about ... that's what I saw this morning. The absence of the Trump family felt right to me.


earthytaurus3 replies on 7/30/2020 12:52 pm:
You're so right about the Trumps! I would have hated to see The Donald take the podium - even for a second. Nevertheless, any man/woman with an ounce of grace in their veins would have paid the man some semblance of a respectful tribute. Even our elderly Jimmy Carter, unable to attend, showed the man respect by sending a letter of condolence.

earthytaurus3 80F
42345 posts
7/30/2020 12:56 pm

As per usual, many words that I used and edited carefully were lost in delivery. *SIGH* I don't get it, either.


sparkleflit 72F
6494 posts
7/30/2020 1:02 pm

It feels to me like John Lewis is still serving America in the sense that those gathered to celebrate his life are broadcasting to the World that America is still sane and relevant........


earthytaurus3 replies on 7/30/2020 1:19 pm:
INDEED!

Let's not forget the vast majority of Americans DO NOT accept Trump and his thug tactics. He just has a louder voice to over-shadow that reality, and that's exactly why he's plotting to 'postpone' the election in November. He KNOWS it and will not accept defeat.

sparkleflit 72F
6494 posts
7/30/2020 1:03 pm

    Quoting earthytaurus3:
    As per usual, many words that I used and edited carefully were lost in delivery. *SIGH* I don't get it, either.
It's so disappointing, isn't it?.....


earthytaurus3 replies on 7/30/2020 1:20 pm:
Gurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! It's damned annoying.

earthytaurus3 replies on 7/30/2020 2:07 pm:
I've gone back and put the errors of omission in parentheses. We'll see if it works.

lilium5 70F
2570 posts
7/30/2020 1:26 pm

From what I've come to know about John Lewis, 'well done, good and faithful servant' seems a fitting tribute. Rest in peace.


earthytaurus3 replies on 7/30/2020 1:59 pm:
My sentiments, too, Lil.

earthytaurus3 80F
42345 posts
7/30/2020 2:14 pm

I've shed some tears this morning at the beautiful tributes being paid to John Lewis. He was very obviously a man among men. I've learned more about him in these past five days than I ever knew. We need MORE John Lewises serving in our government, more men/women of honor.


Koffla 64M  
907 posts
7/30/2020 8:52 pm



John Lewis was an exceptional man.



earthytaurus3 replies on 7/31/2020 5:06 am:

guest_15 77M
168 posts
7/30/2020 11:47 pm

Deserved Tribute is only truly reserved for those special few whose lives were spent so unselfishly in giving for the benefit of all Humanity!

Vision, direction, conviction and courage are truly the qualities of leadership this man possessed! RIP Great Man. May your words live forever deeply instilled in the hearts of those you served and fought for
!


earthytaurus3 replies on 7/31/2020 5:28 am:
I hope his efforts were not in vain!! In his 'final statement' Lewis called upon the citizenry to take up the mantle, fearlessly. Obama did just that in his eulogy yesterday. Let's strive to make Election Day a national holiday to put voter rights in its proper order of importance. With the right leadership, it could well be the UNITED front we're lacking in these troubled times.

jiminycricket1 70M
11952 posts
7/31/2020 5:12 am

    Quoting guest_15:
    Deserved Tribute is only truly reserved for those special few whose lives were spent so unselfishly in giving for the benefit of all Humanity!

    Vision, direction, conviction and courage are truly the qualities of leadership this man possessed! RIP Great Man. May your words live forever deeply instilled in the hearts of those you served and fought for
    !
Yes...
There is much to be learned from John Lewis..Most of Us don't face the kind adversity that many black people have faced...But the adversity we face is still adversity.. People like John Lewis and Barrack Obama are exceptional. John Lewis even more so than Obama.. It is in their nature of perseverance with the view that adversity needs to be met with disappointment and not anger. Perseverance with that idea that anger leads to hate and is rarely overcome and disappointment can always be overcome.

Unlike our current President...When the outcome is revealed it's never about winning or losing..It's about fighting the GOOD fight, and winning or losing is just a mirage.


earthytaurus3 replies on 7/31/2020 5:38 am:
Obama has picked up the mantle! Don't dare disregard him as a leader!

jiminycricket1 70M
11952 posts
7/31/2020 3:43 pm

earthytaurus3 replies on 7/31/2020 7:38 am:
Obama has picked up the mantle! Don't dare disregard him as a leader!

What?
how did you read that into it?