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Restored Soldier

(Originally written Nov. 6, 2010)

I just came across a letter I wrote back in November 2010 after hearing the stories of and meeting former child soldiers from northern Uganda. It’s ironic now, because I had forgotten so I posted it again. Dear Restored Soldier, After hearing your heart breaking story about life as a child soldier, I can’t help but think of what will happen in a week. Will I forget the impact your story had on me? Will the cash I tossed your way somehow make me feel better about myself, as if I actually helped you? Will I slip back into my cynical, self-centered, North American life like I always do? I wish you hadn’t come because you forced me out of the comfort of apathy. – Dave
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When Social Classes Collide…

Dear Toothless Bike Rider, As you sat atop your busted bike seat, threw up your rock horns and shouted "Nice fuckin' car man!" to the driver parked beside me, I caught a glimpse of shared admiration and excitement between two social classes that mix as well as oil and water. It was as if time didn't exist in that moment as both of you dared to cross the illicit boundaries that our culture has drawn between you. It was beautiful. Then reality snapped back into place as the driver roared off and you pedalled away in the haze of his emissions. Thank you for allowing me to be a spectator, giving me hope that maybe one day our social classes can find enough common ground to actually work together for the betterment of our society.  -Dave
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Are You a Quitter? (I Hope So)

Dear Contemplative Quitter, I can see you teetering back and forth from a mile away, being pushed by the winds of exhaustion and perseverance. Will you quit and move on or dig in and push forward? It's kind of a loaded question. Society has taught us that we can't fail. We need to finish what we've started. We need to strive for perfection, spoon feeding us the bullshit that perfection actually exists. The real question that needs to be asked is this: Is not quitting holding you back from starting a project that will change the world? I can't answer that for you. It's something you're going to have to decide for yourself. If it is, quit. Start another project. Do something that inspires you. We all have things that we've failed at. We're just really good at hiding them from the ridicule of our culture. Let the wind blow you where it will. Don't fight either force. You will end up where you're supposed to be.  -Dave