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On Being a Somebody


Last updated 1/10/2021 at 11:37am

Wade B. Jakeway

According to the philosopher, John Dewey, the primary drive in every man's life, without exception, is the desire to be somebody.

Take John Dillinger for example. He was once America's public enemy number one. On the loose, one night in a rural Wisconsin area the notorious gangster suddenly appeared in the living room of an elderly couple. Sensing their benumbed terror, he spoke reassuringly, "I'm not here to hurt you; I just want you to know I'm John Dillinger."

By contrast, few people have ever been driven so relentlessly to serve their generation as John Wesley, who declared, "The world...

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