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Donna Zen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 10:16 PM
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20. Plato's silver star
One of the things about Wes Clark that I found very difficult to resolve before I chose to support him, was why did he did he stay in the Army? His grades weren't a casual gift from West Point, he earned them. So why not take that Oxford masters in economics and go out make a fortune. And he was offered big money positions while he was working as a WHouse fellow.

The riddle was solved, at least for me, when I was reading a Clark biography. One of his classmates from the Point told the story of a philosophy class when high-powered cadets argued the value of Plato's stars. Most of the men held the position that it was the gold star, the star of the ruler, that was of the highest merit. But Clark said, "no." He maintained that it is the silver star, the star of service, that holds the greatest honor. He was probably 20 at the time, and it would seem that his belief that we all have a duty to give back is just part of who he is.



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