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Friday, February 17, 2006

We're all brothers, humanity-wise

And you all thought I was generous: A Big Lake, MN, man donated his kidney to a complete stranger, after reading an article about the need for organs. Read the story here.


  • I'm not sure about the "we're all brothers" thing. I don't have a real brother but I do have a real sister and all I can say is that my wife insists that one of us (me or my sister) must be adopted. (For the sake of the children, she hopes I am the one that was adopted.)

    But back to my original point, I'm not sure I want to think of everyone as my brother (or sister for that matter). What about sibling rivalry - now there's a fly in the ointment!? And now that China's one-child policy is more than 20 years old we have an entire nation that would have no idea what you're talking about!

    So instead, I suggest we'd be better off if "humanity-wise" we treated everyone like first cousins. (Preferably first cousins that live out of town but whom you see occasionally at holidays, weddings, funerals and what-not.)

    If my family is any example, first cousins offer a much more diverse group than mere siblings. Don't we all have at least few hillbilly cousins dangling from the lower limbs of the family tree? Likewise, don't we all have at least a few rich beautiful cousins that we secretly envy? If you can manage to stay sober and civil at Thanksgiving, isn't that a great headstart to world peace?

    Learning to appreciate (if not endorse) the unique right-wing political views of your cousin Cooter is not really so different from understanding the fundamentalist rantings of 'cousin' Usef.

    As you can plainly see from these random thoughts, we're just not the same without you cousin Becky.

    Hurry Back,

    Stuffed Shirt

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:00 PM  

  • Cousin Stuffed,
    I stopped by to see you today but you were apparently off lobbying for world peace in our nation's capital, or something silly like that. (Oh, brother. I mean, er, cousin.)

    My new office looks marvelous, by the way. Some furniture and a high-speed Internet port would jazz it up a bit, but I'll just assume Hace has the minor details covered.

    P.S. I'm joining LTF when I get back. Boot camp, anyone?

    By Blogger Becky, at 10:04 PM  

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