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It amazes me that a man that has lived so long can still take that view, even after seeing the rise and fall of great families / nations / peoples. All the examples he cites from Takako’s family line are individuals with strong personalities, or even just lucky, and while a family name can be an asset, it’s what the individuals do with that asset that counts.

What he should be worried about is not Maureen’s friends and their influence, but rather her ability to use the resources he and they can provide. A little “hands on” training – you know, parenting (something I’m sure he never did) – would have made a world of difference.

Of course, that’s his personality flaw… not hers.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go hug my own grown daughters today, and apologize for all the fucking up I did raising them.


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