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What is your cosmos?

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Cosmos refers to “the universe coming from a well-ordered whole.” It is also defined as “a system of thought.”
Can man find a well-ordered whole in his system of thought?
There is an author who has done some thinking about this. He was motivated by the fact his daughter was graduating from Emerson College in Boston, and he was asked to give the graduation speech.
Many remember Alan Alda, or “Hawkeye” from the TV series M.A.S.H.
Part of his speech goes as follows:
“It seems to me that your life will have meaning when you can give meaning to it. And not until then. Because no one else will give meaning to your life. There isn’t a job or a title or a degree that has meaning in itself. The world will go stumbling on without you no matter how high your office. And there isn’t any liquor that will give meaning to your life, or any drug, or any type of sexual congress, either. Not for long, anyway.”
Alda goes on to say this would be a good time to find out what your values are, and how to keep them.
Thank you Alan Alda for helping us with our thinking, and thanks for your book: “Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself.”

Sincerely,

Mike Salm,
Merced

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