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Love, loyalty + support
Vol 9: 24 - To my father
Myself
Life and love
Countless lives of gay people, all over the world, from as young as 13 years old
A thanks to the countless millions of people who through the peaceful or understanding when aggressive actions have arrived for world peace.
The Debt of Kindness - Matthew Geraghty
Giving love to people who are close to you
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To our children, the generation who inherit the complex world we have created.

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NATURE OF DEBT Emotional
OWED TO My father
OWED BY Melissa

For dedicating his life to art and making things every single day instead of being miserable in the job he had. I didn't appreciate it because it didn't sell (or make money for the family) but I did love the art & the creativity he gave me.

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NATURE OF DEBT Emotional

I abandoned my quiet in order to function/fit in/be who I thought I should. Slowly it hid in the shadow and left for a while. I want to honour her.

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DEBT NUMBER MAN212
NATURE OF DEBT Emotional

So many lives have been unfairly lost in war. It shouldn't have happened and wasn't deserved. R.I.P.

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NATURE OF DEBT Emotional

Thousands and thousands of lives of homosexual people, lost through suicide, victims of religious belief. These lives are owed to Gay people, their friends and family, from all the religions and creeds in our world that preach that a person’s natural love/sexuality is wrong – causing immense suffering, alteration, grief , shame, depression and too often suicide.

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NATURE OF DEBT Emotional

Too many words to write

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NATURE OF DEBT Emotional

The future, though unknown, has shape, has weight.  For history sits behind, and also rides ahead. He lost his dad at two.  The youngest of seven, he was ‘fathered’ by five brothers.  With an angular kind of love.  And his life would be forever short.  Short of attention, short of food, short of clothes.  Short. And so his path was set. Though he’d yet to sing his song. Frank was a funny man, a kind man.  Though some would mutter soft.  His willingness to overlook money owed, or extend credit to those who deserved neither, would walk him to his ruin. Each advantage taken, gnawed into his family, his business and his life.  Built a mountain of his worry.  Made him prisoner of the debt. These simple acts.  What fruit they bear.  Yet who are we to apportion blame?  For who is strong enough to avoid their fate.  Strong enough to avoid that which cannot be avoided?  Not Frank.  He had two choices – be kind, or not.  He chose.  And debt came knocking at the door. Saville Rowntree, a bull of a man, with a face like a fist, rode his anger, and the debt into the shop, and broke my granddad down.  In front of son.  In front of daughter.  My mother, ten and terrified, watched her dad, this kind and loving man break into sweat.  And the bull bellowed. The picture stayed with her.  For Frank the moment never ceased.  Ate into his core.  And hollowed him.  With bankrupt’s court, seven kids, and electro-shock – the family sunk from whence they’d come.  Irish peasant stock. Those who owed, repaid their debt with forgetfulness.  ‘What difference will it make?’  I hear them say.  What difference indeed? It took him 30 years to find himself again. Yet when he took his final breath, and the family planted him to rest, hundreds came to see him off.  To pay a debt? I knew him as a kind man.  A witty man.  But quiet.  And once he made a choice.  The only one he could. A debt owed.  A debt owing.  A knife that cuts both ways

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NATURE OF DEBT Emotional

Often one takes everything that other people give to you but doesn’t give back.

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NATURE OF DEBT Financial
OWED TO Bank, Parents and Friends
OWED BY D.S

Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul. Always hopeful that something will change and problems will be solved. Positive thinking or stupidity? The eternal child. Longing for connection? Debt - the intimacy I can bare.

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