After so long an absence At last we meet again: Does the meeting give us pleasure, Or does it give us pain? The tree of life has been shaken, And but few of us linger now, Like the Prophet’s two or three berries In the top of the uttermost bough. We cordially greet each other …

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After a general election in the UK some years ago, I was intrigued as to why a friend, who was politically knowledgeable, did not vote. He said to me, “There is corruption in elections all round the world, what makes you think that this country is any different?” “Those who cast the votes decide nothing. …

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