3 years, 9 months, and 5 days. Rise above the decay.

Can any sensitive person find peace of mind nowadays?” said Anna Pavlovna.

War and Peace (1869)

My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:

I’ve previously shared the adage “If you’re near ink, you will be stained; if you are near the light, you will be illuminated” and instructed you to be selective of your companions..  Sometimes, due to circumstances, that may not be possible.

This leads me that adage’s corollary: “You can live in mud, but not carry the its stench.”  You may be mire in decay, but let it not taint you.

Take Oprah Winfred for instances.  She was born into poverty and difficult circumstances.  But, through hard work and perseverance, she rose above that and made something good of herself.  Despite her wealth and success, she lives free of scandals that plague.  The same cannot be said of the many rich and boorish who dominate the ether today.

It is disheartening to see lewdness and vulgarity grace the airwaves and the front pages of most major newspapers today.  Such smut was once relegated to yellow journalism.  Unfortunately, yellow journalism has now gone mainstream.  That does not bode well for our society.

Regardless, rise above the decay.  Just because Kim Kardashian, for example, found fame by the release of her sex tape does not mean she is worthy of emulation or attention.  Attend to better.  Just because your mother frequently takes you to your cousins on her side — at least one of whom is a felon, and a number of others fail to make much of their lives — doesn’t mean you must follow their footsteps and be tainted by their values.  Be better.

All my love, always,

Dad

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