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Old 06-29-2013, 02:06 AM   #1
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My Youth: A Personal Perspective

My experience is only a part, a small part, of the vast intricate mosaic of Baha'i community life, of Canadian life, of Australian life, of the life of teachers, parents, husbands, men of the middle class in the closing decades of the twentieth century and the opening years of the twenty-first.

But it is experience which I have, at least in part, recovered, reconstructed and recounted. This experience is also written in the early evening of my life and does not convey that quality of excitement it might have conveyed had I written it forty years ago when my youthful enthusiasms influenced my thinking more significantly.

I like to think, though, that my learning is lighter and my humour easier, that I am more the observer and the analyst and my seriousness less heady and intense than it would have been had I written this in early adulthood or the early years of middle adulthood. My historical sensibility has been sharpened by years in-the-field, a pioneering field going back to 1962 in my Baha'i youth.

But whatever intensity, fierce inner tension and concentrated fighting with the problems of existence there had been in my youth, and my early and middle adulthood, they moderated with the years, at least in their social expression. In my private world they continued on in residual form, some pithy core which possessed an intensity that was part of my motivational matrix and kept me going at my intellectual tasks for six to eight hours a day.

After more than 40 years living in Australia, 1971 to 2013, whatever seriousness I brought to the Antipodes in 1971, as a youth, has been moderated by good old Aussie scepticism and humour, indifference and cynicism all of which have down sides, but all of which also have the function of taking some of the heat out of intensities of all kinds, moderating convictions and any incipient fanaticisms.-Ron Price, Tasmania, age 70---in 7 months.

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Old 06-29-2013, 09:40 AM   #2
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I once could leap tall mountains in a single bound.

Now I hobble a city block with the aid of my walking stick, before needing a rest.

Once I fished, hunted, hiked and camped across vast expanses of Australia.

Now I sit in the sun and reminiscence.

But I have had my vision all the rest is the trimmings. (As a wonderful American once said)
 
Old 07-01-2013, 09:41 PM   #3
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Well said, BlinkeyBill, Senior Member.-Ron Price, from a small section of those vast expanses which you once walked and hunted.
 
Old 07-02-2013, 07:06 AM   #4
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Well said, BlinkeyBill, Senior Member.-Ron Price, from a small section of those vast expanses which you once walked and hunted.
married for 45 years, a teacher for 35, a writer and editor for 13 and a Baha'i for 53(in 2012):cool

Yes Ron that is cool
I have been married for 34 years, many varied professions since 15 years of age,
Devoted student of religions and North American Native life, keen student of nature, and the beauty and peace attached to that. And a Baha'i for going on 24 years.
 
Old 07-03-2013, 03:16 AM   #5
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Nice to Meet You BlinkeyBill

Nice to Meet You BlinkeyBill. Allow me, if you will, an extension on that loneliness quote; this is from William Hazlitt: "I am never less alone than when alone;" or Cicero: "Most happy is he who is entirely self-reliant, and who centres all his requirements in himself alone." In this most social of religions, as Horace Holley once wrote, there is a place for those who like to keep to themselves. It's nice to meet you Bill.-Ron
 
Old 04-11-2015, 05:08 AM   #6
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I have been married for 34 years, many varied professions since 15 years of age, Devoted student of religions and North American Native life, keen student of nature, and the beauty and peace attached to that. And a Baha'i for going on 24 years.???
 
Old 04-11-2015, 11:22 AM   #7
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Nice to Meet You BlinkeyBill. Allow me, if you will, an extension on that loneliness quote; this is from William Hazlitt: "I am never less alone than when alone;" or Cicero: "Most happy is he who is entirely self-reliant, and who centres all his requirements in himself alone." In this most social of religions, as Horace Holley once wrote, there is a place for those who like to keep to themselves. It's nice to meet you Bill.-Ron
Dear Ron. I hope there is a place for one who is by themselves, chose this path but likes to live with a partner to share

I became a student Bahai 30 years ago

Regards Tony
 
Old 04-11-2015, 12:51 PM   #8
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I once could leap tall mountains in a single bound.

Now I hobble a city block with the aid of my walking stick, before needing a rest.

Once I fished, hunted, hiked and camped across vast expanses of Australia.

Now I sit in the sun and reminiscence.

But I have had my vision all the rest is the trimmings. (As a wonderful American once said)
Enjoy the sun Bill, may you and Vicky have many a teaching success and fulfillment of Faith, hope to see you back here one day, but if not prayers your way and may God Bless you both and all of Chile.

Regards always Tony
 
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