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Henry Rollins' Letters to a Young American: Live Heroically

February 28, 2012, 12:00 AM
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Tough times tend to get on people's nerves, says self-made artistic polymath Henry Rollins. Our instincts for self-preservation can bring out the worst in us, shriveling the human spirit into something petty, spiteful, and cruel. 

Yet it is precisely when things are at their most uncertain, says Rollins, that we need to live heroically, for our own sake and for that of humanity as a whole. 

 

 

Missed Letters to a Young American part 1? Catch it here. 

 

 


 

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