Thank you for the thank yous!
Something interesting and kind of sad happens when you become a public person — all day long people ask you for things, which is reasonable under the circumstances, and often they are good things to support or encourage. But for reasons I don’t fully understand — maybe it is a general decline in civility and good manners training in childhood or maybe it has to do with the strange kinds of distortion in thinking people often have about fame or notoriety, ie that people who are well known are not really people with ordinary human needs for mutuality and kindness — nine times out of ten or really thirty nine times out of forty, once the favor is done there is no thank you. (And my Grandma Faye would have said: a WRITTEN NOTE SENT THROUGH THE MAIL! And she is right of course.)
This can be quite demoralizing when you are on the receiving end of it — you start to feel like a commodity or a blurb/endorsement machine. Dehumanized.
So thank you for the thank yous! I will try for my part to express my gratitude for all those who help me, make the world better, work on behalf of all of us…they all do need it wherever they are!
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