Published Humanitas, Volume XV, No. 2, 2002
Time and again life has been trying to teach me a lesson, but I must admit that I have been a rather slow learner. It is a lesson about the vanity of fame and fortune: what most of us, myself included, strive for day and night.
In a dream not too long ago I imagined myself walking down the corridor of a lecture hall—quiet, empty, and dark—at the University of Colorado. It appears that I am a courier bearing a secret dispatch for my old mentor. When I greet him in the darkened hall…

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