The Virtues

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Faith is the assurance of things unseen, that they really do exist.

And we want to believe, we really do. Itís hard for us to resist.


When the laws of physics seemed to fail, Wolfgang Pauli imagined the elusive neutrino.

It was something that nobody ever expected, so how in the world did he know?


For twenty-five years scientists took it on faith, this weird super-fudge factor.

Then Cowan and Raines justified that faith with cleaning fluid and a nuclear reactor.


Donít raise your hopes too high, my friend, lest you cause yourself serious pain;

for that light you see as the end of the tunnel might be the headlight of an oncoming train.


Treat others as you want to be treated, because thatís the way itís going to be;

for the Golden Rule will shape your fate and set your eternal reward, you see.


But charityís true meaning is about much more than avoiding pain.

Itís not concerned with your personal comfort. It doesnít measure how much you gain.


Itís an oddly calm and quiet thing and itís hideously hard to fake.

Itís all about enlarging yourself until you give much more than you take.


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