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47 J. Kan. B. Ass'n 2 (1978)

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A COUNTRY LAWYER'S BELIEF
DURING THE PAST year I have
spoken and written a lot about the
new Law Center building we are
going to build; about lawyer ad-
vertising; about continuing legal
education, lawyer specialization,
Bar Association fin.ances; about
Chief Justice Burger's complaint
about lawyers; about staff per-
sonnel, the coming annual meeting at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs
May 14-17; and a lot of other subjects most lawyers hold important. I have
read and heard all manner of opinions on a great many subjects, like most
of you. From this and all of my past experience, trials and tribulations I
have, like you, evolved a philosophy of life which supports me in what I do.
The other evening I came across some prose which expresses my philosophy
in words I hope you will believe are as priceless as I believe they are.
Here it is:
IT CAN'T BE TRUE
I've heard it said the world's a dismal place. But I know
better . .. for I have seen the dawn, and walked in the
splendor of a morning's sun ... blinked at the brilliance
of the dew, and beheld the gold and crimson of an autumn
landscape.
I've heard it said the world is sad. I can't agree . . . for I
have heard the cheerful songs of feathered masters ...
heard the low laughter of the leaves, and the everlasting
chuckle of a mountain brook.
I've heard it said the world's a musty, sordid thing. It can't
be true ... for I have seen the rain ... watched it bathe
the earth, the very air ... and I have seen the sky, newly
scrubbed and spotless, blue from end to end ... and I've
watched the winter's snow drape tree and bush, to look
like Nature's freshly laundered linen hung to dry.
I've heard it said the world is evil. But they are wrong...
for I have known its people... watched them, die to save
a freedom, bleed to save a life ... spend of themselves to
stem disaster, of their wealth to ease distress . . . and I

THE JOURNAL OF THE KANSAS BAR ASSOCIATION

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