Great advice, Elena. You are absolutely correct. Making mistakes is not only part of human experience, it is an absolute necessity for future success.

Remember that man who stumbled so often and was asked about his missteps?

In response to his failures, Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb said:

"I have not failed 10,000 times, I have successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work".

That mindset is pivotal, especially as you pivot from one arena of endeavor to another in life.

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Good stuff about the health benefits of banana, Khyati. However, I can assure you that the bananas contributed LEAST to your recovery from what you called "cervical scare".

Your recovery was largely due to the physiotherapy, and even though you didn't mention it, the analgesics your doctor might have prescribed or the OTC —over the counter — analgesics you took.

In the urge to take another angle on a topic like the health benefits of banana which has been discussed ad nauseam, we have to be careful not to mislead the readers by assigning to banana the properties it clearly does not possess.

Please don't get me wrong. I love bananas and I take one or two almost daily, not quite daily. Now a senior citizen, I can certainly attest to its benefits in the appropriate context.

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Fascinating piece, Marcus. I agree with most of your take. However, working hard, per se, does not keep you poor. I think it will keep you poor if you do not enjoy the work, if it does not bring Meaning into your life and if you fail to widen your horizon as you journey through life.

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Very Beautiful Song/Poem. However, this stanza:

"Noble is mankind,

the earth is rich!

If there is need and hunger

it is by deceit".

is now being severely tested in our broken world.

As you look across the human landscape and you behold all the suffering, injustice and war crimes, it becomes more difficult to say "Noble is mankind".

Nonetheless, we must remain hopeful.

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Yes, your statement about what determines whether a person is racist or not is true. However, at the core of the mindfulness of racist proclivities is a fundamental misconception of the nature of Homo Sapiens.

That, indeed, there is ONLY ONE HUMAN RACE.

This reality, sadly is so opaque to much of humankind that not even education can bring it to light. Something that will change things, over time—decades, centuries or even maybe millennia— is Episteme —proven knowledge of who we are.

No job is without "racist" individuals in any multicultural society anywhere in the world. It is the existential reality of humankind.

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Sylvanus A AYENI, M.D.

Sylvanus A AYENI, M.D.

Neurosurgeon. Founder, Pan Africa Children Advocacy Watch-www.pacaw.org. Author of the book: RESCUE THYSELF: Change In Sub-Saharan Africa Must Come From Within