HEARING A DIFFERENT DRUMMER

In the hill country of New England is a locality in which one mountain stands alone, rising high above the neighboring hills, reaching skyward with a bold and determined urge. It almost becomes articulate, as if it were saying: "There is an upthrust in me. I must be true to my individual mountain stature."

What does it mean to stand alone? Mountain ridges or ranges are often of similar height and pattern; human beings fall into groups—labor, political, racial, national, religious—animated by a common interest and purpose. But group identification does not define an individual and his capabilities.

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