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Heather offers three Dr. Seuss quotes. I am particularly taken by the third one, which calls on me to step with care and tact.

Regardless of where I am, I am with people, in the world, and in relationships. It is easy to take these for granted. Often, children and youth embrace differences more readily than adults.

Through the use of satire, made up words, and unusual characters, Theodor Geisel took a stand against bullies, hypocrites, and demagogues. I think his characters depict pluralism we live in. Yes, there is no Lorax, Yertle the Turtle, or Cat in the Hat, but we can appreciate and defer to the beauty of their differences. Even within  differences, I find more similarities and common ground with others.

We need this in the world we co-inhabit with other beings, sentient and non-sentient. Too often, people who masquerade as leaders tell us to see difference as problematic, to see Nature as something to exploit, and to separate ourselves from our better angels. Perhaps our better angels are Thing 1 and Thing 2.

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  1. I loved reading Dr. Seuss to my students and my own children. His message was poignant and I believe directed to adults at times. I agree with you completely. As a society we need to learn and appreciate the differences. Each unique individual (This is what I called my students.) contributes to our democracy. However, how wonderful to realize that we are also so similar and no matter where you are from or who you are, we all suffer when we are treated unjustly, or when we are hurt in any way. Thanks for the post and for your continued support.

    • There is far more similar about us than different. I read Dr. Seuss in class and have some pretty dog-eared versions here to read to grandchildren. You are right, when you point out the message was often for adults.


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