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Hi Ty,

This is a disappointing response. The value of Medium, in my view, is that it’s not Facebook. If you have something to say, you have the opportunity to say exactly what it is you want heard. Frankly, to offer little more than an eye roll to this piece is just lazy. If you feel it’s fatuous, say so.

Since a little time has now passed since I wrote this, let me lay out the story behind the story.

A close friend of many of my close friends took her life. She was a fierce and passionate advocate for Australia’s indigenous peoples, and had devoted her life to their support.

My feed was choked with messages of love and loss over a 48 hour period. As a thinking, feeling human being, who has some small measure of emotional intelligence, I felt moved by the suffering of my friends, and it caused me to reflect on my own challenges and the challenges of others I know who attempt to live their life in service.

That’s all.

So if you want to engage in dialog about why this causes you to roll your eyes, I’m open to it. If not, if this is all you’ve got, so be it.

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