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December 1, 2013

Readers’ Forum: Dec. 2, 2013

‘Ask not …’: Living by the words we speak

This is in response to Mark Bennett’s recent column concerning the JFK assassination anniversary and Kennedy’s suggestion that words be lived by rather than just spoken:

Don’t write words, “live by them.” What can you do for your country?

Participation is a duty to be fulfilled consciously by all, with responsibility and with a view to the common good. Participation in community life is not only one of the greatest aspirations of the citizen, called to exercise freely and responsibly his civic role with and for others, but is also one of the pillars of all democratic orders and one of the major guarantees of the permanence of the democratic system.

• Live responsibly.

• Work rather than be entitled.

• Live simply and moderately.

• Conserve and recycle.

• Use what you have, cease envying.

• Share and serve.

• Be your neighbor’s keeper.

• Do to the least.

• Be other-centered.

• Mediate peacefully.

• Find common ground.

Dialogue rather than monologue; this means that the different subjects of civil community at every level must be informed, listened to and involved in the exercise of the carried-out functions. It is overcoming cultural, judicial and social obstacles that often constitute real barriers to the shared participation of citizens in the destiny of their communities. It calls for work in the areas of information and education.

In this regard, all those attitudes that encourage in citizens an inadequate or incorrect practice of participation or that cause widespread disaffection with everything connected with the sphere of social and political life are a source of concern and deserve careful consideration.

Contribute to the cultural, economic, political and social life of the community to which you belong.

— Dr. Gary Taylor

Terre Haute

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