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"The Sacred Valley of Longevity"

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Here you will find a series of curmudgeonly commentaries that I've posted from atop my rickety old soapbox for the past few years. And yes, there are indeed political rantings, so place your seats in the upright position and fasten your seat belts .... it may be a bumpy ride.


A Mystery Hidden Within A Mystery

I'll bet you have forgotten this, if you ever knew it to begin with:

In the Constitutional Hall, when the delegates were busy wrangling over the Declaration of Independence, and no one wanted to step forward and place their signature on the document, there appeared in the balcony overlooking the hall a man from out of nowhere. For twenty minutes he spoke, an oration in which he told the assembled delegates how important the declaration would be, not only for the country, but for the world at large. He urged the members to cease their arguing and to do what was right for their country and the people of the entire planet who yearned for freedom from oppressive rulers.

When he finished speaking, the delegates immediately stepped forward and began signing that sacred document. It was such an astonishing event that Benjamin Franklin, accompanied by the Sergeant of Arms, made their way up to the visitor's balcony to meet the man who had spoken so eloquently. But there was no one there!

The militia guards who were stationed at each entrance to the balcony all swore that no one had been there; no one had gone in, no one had gone out, that the balcony had remained empty for the whole time, since they had been instructed that no one be allowed up there during the deliberations.

So who had spoken? Where had he come from? Where did he go? Who was it that brought order out of chaos? Some would say it was Divine Providence … some even wondered if it had been an "Extraterrestrial"?

Any thoughts on the matter? Any at all?