Monday, May 27, 2013

19295. Bruce Hunter


By pure chance I spotted a few tombstones atop a tree-studded hill as I was driving down River Street in Norwell, and took myself up on the whim. The cemetery is spread upon the site of the St. Andrew's Church, which stood from 1731 to 1811, and is one of the most idyllic little spots I've ever visited.

I met a handful of new long-lost and dearly-departed friends as I walked. I'd like to count Bruce Hunter among them.

At least I think I would, and that in itself is the gist. Bruce is remembered by two words: "Free Thinker." It's sad to think that in some societies the desire to exercise one's mind is frowned upon, or even punishable by death. And let's face it, America is no great shakes these days. Republican or Democrat, black or white, what do you choose? There are only two ways to think in American politics, and that is just insane. There has to be more to life than that.

But, before I get too deep, it must be noted that it could be that Bruce was just an atheist, that he chose to go his own way religiously, in which case, I'm right there with him. Either way, I like the sentiment the words suggest: there's always another option.

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