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Oct 16Liked by Mike Leavy

Isolationism is so interesting in the USA. I have lived on two big islands (New Zealand and Puerto Rico a US Territory) and both of these islands have been much more community oriented than most of the continental USA. I do think that there's an awareness of how connected and interdependent we actually are on an island, and I appreciate the more communal spirit. It's lovely to hear how much kindness there is in Mexico, too!

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Oct 18Liked by Mike Leavy

I just want to know if you put on sunscreen after that encouragement! Lol

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Oct 17·edited Oct 17Liked by Mike Leavy

A very beautiful article, Mike. You've articulated very well that sort of sensation that I've had regarding the state of the states, so to speak.

It's as if the difference between objective right and wrong has become too elusive, or maybe just too unknown as the "privatizing of morality" (from the David Brooks article) rises.

I too have had various experiences here in Mexico with helpful people, and these small encounters have added up over time to help me become a better person. There's certainty a different community vibe here.

Many thanks for sharing your thoughts, and thanks for footnote shout. Fun surprise :)

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Oct 16Liked by Mike Leavy

Speak it brother Mike! (It just felt like the way I had to respond to this post!).

You are noting and reflecting back to us such important elements of life. The story about the sunscreen is such a small and huge example, all at the same time. I am so grateful you are sharing yourself in this way with us. 🙏🏼

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