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The Lovely Summer

Be Serious with your Soul.

Kate Herrick
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Part I: The Lovely Summer

The Lovely Summer is my favorite children's book, written and illustrated by Marc Simont. It's about two rabbits who encounter some city people at their summer home. It's a psychological thriller, fraught with conflict, misperceptions of others' motives, pain, anger, incivility... and still it's the most touchingly benevolent book I've ever read because of the basic goodness and positive outlook of the main characters.

Tips, Principles, and Other Lessons:

- Always seek and obey that understanding which acknowledges your widest context of knowledge regarding the matter at hand. Opt generally for inductive, reality-oriented methods of analysis over rationalism. (It's like case law versus government regulations.)

- Pro-active and self-critical objectivity is the primary virtue.

- Repression is deprivation.

- "I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction." -Ayn Rand, Anthem

- "You damned man, you damned existence, you damned this earth, but never dared to question your code. Your victims took the blame and struggled on, with your curses as reward for their martyrdom—while you went on crying that your code was noble, but human nature was not good enough to practice it. And no one rose to ask the question: Good?-— by what standard?" -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
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