A Note to my 8 and 9th Grade Students
I've never met a man who was truly awake. I wouldn't know how to look him in the eyes.
~Henry David Thoreau
Somebody once asked Thoreau if he would give a talk on the evils of alcohol and tobacco. He declined, stating that since he had never tried alcohol or tobacco, he wasn't able to speak about the effects of either tobacco or alcohol from personal experience—and personal experience is what generates our most powerful ideas and motivates our most profound actions. Retelling our experiences inspires readers to look ……
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