Copyright / Prudence MacLeod / March 2003 / all rights reserved
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A few special and gifted people are born to each generation. Some are so gifted that we worship their every breath, others astound and baffle us with their accomplishments, and still others are so different that our minds refuse to encompass the very idea of their existence.
We worship the power and grace of a Michelle Kwan; sit enthralled as we listen to the oratory of a Pierre Trudeau; scratch our heads at the thought processes of a Stephen Hawking; and bask in the compassion of a Mother Teresa or the wisdom of a Ghandi. Unfortunately, we also recoil in horror at the mere presence of someone like the Elephant Man, so frightened are we by his unusual appearance that we cannot see the intelligence hidden within the alien exterior.