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Gene Doray

Vice Principal, Educator - High School

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What is your greatest passion and how have you been able to develop and sustain it?

I am curious about when people developed a long standing passion and what caused them to become inspired by the topic/activity. Did you discover it on your own or was it the result of the modelling of others. Is there greater motivation to act primarily for self improvement or for the betterment of others?

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    Aug 31 2011: My inspiration/passion comes from a multitude of sources. In short it was the experience harsh injustice while being deeply educated in the greatest dreams and dreamers of the world. While growing up on a farm/ranch where 1 mistake can cause great harm to many, and that is the reality of living.

    In growing up in such a paradoxical environment I learned that to be inspired, to be noble, to make a choice based on fore thought and conscience (not social morality) is possible, and it is what makes us 'human'. I learned that most of the time we don't want to take responsibility because it brings attention. With that attention comes both the adoration and the scorn. The difficult part for me is that I have not found my expression yet. I am working on it though. For now I take what comes. As Lincoln said, "All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind. "

    So to answer, I think in many ways my choice started as self protection. I did not want to be what I saw around me. In a world filled with so much drama, hypocrisy and thoughtlessness. I turned to books, to hope, to people of action with compassion. With time it becomes clear that many are looking for a way out but don't know where to turn .....

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