Thursday, September 29, 2011

It's not easy. So why do it?

"An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered." - G.K. Chesterton

The trip to Chicago this weekend is like that.  Is it an inconvenience?  It sure is.  However, it is also, rightly considered, an adventure.

Life requires adventure.  If we don't get it or create it through our normal life circumstances, we run aground the shores of monotony.

This perhaps answers the question of how it is that the average American watches 28 hours per week of television.  We as a culture have been persuaded to "delegate" our adventures.  We now watch others learn how to dance with the stars or how to survive in a bizarre mix of personalities on a remote island and live vicariously through these experiences.

I, myself, have encountered this phenomenon.  I used to play video games.  At some point, I realized that I had little "time tags" of my existence that didn't actually exist.  I experienced a false sort of joy of accomplishment from attaining epic goals - defeating dragons or whatnot, while in reality I was... staring at a screen and moving my thumbs.

Since coming to grips with the truth of this form of entertainment, I've also come to terms with the fact that if my life requires some canned adventure, it is because I am boring and I need to pick up the pace on my own, self-created, adventures.  I will say that life has been much more fun for me since I've made this differentiation.

I look forward to going with you to Chicago this weekend.  It is something rather new and I'm not quite sure of the result, except that I will get to spend time with my friends, and hopefully will meet some new ones.

"We are to regard existence as a raid or great adventure; it is to be judged, therefore, not by what calamities it encounters, but by what flag it follows and what high town it assaults.  The most dangerous thing in the world is to be alive; one is always in danger of one's life.  But anyone who shrinks from that is a traitor to the great scheme and experiment of being."  G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

When will it be done?

Mr. Hubbard said that, "A datum can be evaluated only by a datum of comparable magnitude." 

In this spirit, I'd like to look at the effort of another local church to build its house of worship.

This is the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

It is 60,000 square feet - the same size as our building in St. Louis.

Planning for the building was begun in 1870.

The ground breaking ceremony was conducted nearly 40 years later, in 1907.

The building was consecrated in 1914, but not fully completed until the mid-1980s.

It required $3,000,000 to build in 1914, which is $63,000,000 today.

The mosiacs inside, which cover 87,000 square feet of wall space, were designed to remind visitors that, "God reaches into our earthly lives."

I have been in the Cathedral Basilica.  It is an amazing place to visit.  The church has accomplished its goal. The building itself speaks of the spiritual nature of man and his relationship to God.

Although there required over 100 years to plan, build and complete it, I am quite certain that none of its parishioners - of the past nor of the present - regret their participation in creating this beautiful facility.  When viewed against the span of time to complete the Basilica, our own efforts to complete our own ideal building in St. Louis are put into their proper perspective.  The months or years that we spend now are nothing compared to the decades of the future that we are actively creating.

Are we there yet?  No.

Will we get there?  Assuredly.

When?  Exactly.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

How to handle distractions

What would you do if you didn't have to do the things you were doing?

Would you be an auditor?  Join the Peace Corps?  Join staff?  Become a Humanitarian?  Get full-time auditing at Flag?

(Yes, I know my audience... you aren't the type to sit and do nothing at all.  You'd help others)

"If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work.  The only people who achieve much are those that want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable.  Favorable conditions never come."  - C. S. Lewis

I know that in a few days, I'll be riding a bus to Chicago for 5 hours on Saturday, then back to St. Louis for 5 hours on Sunday.  If you'd like assistance figuring out how to achieve those goals you've got, get on the bus and let me know.  Bring your computer.  I'll bet we can all help each other work out quite a bit in 10 hours.  Let's pave the way for your best year ever in 2012.

Monday, September 26, 2011

"mu." it's not just for cows, anymore.

With a windshield smeared with the innards of bugs from four states, my car found a spot right outside the Kansas City Church of Scientology.  We had just journeyed to Omaha and back, and now I had coaxed the vehicle to make the stop so that I could have lunch with an old friend.

In days of old, Kansas City and St. Louis churches didn't get along.  God knows why.  There was no reason for it - there's too much ground between the groups for there to be any real competition.  Perhaps we simply recognized ourselves in the other.  Who else are you going to have a game with, other than the people that are doing the same thing you are doing?  However, as Ron says, "Competition is a trick of the weak to fetter the strong,"  and I had just traveled across enough of the state to realize that its 68,886 square miles and population of 6 million people was large enough for not just our two churches, but several others besides.

I had the opportunity to see their new building.  It's gorgeous.  Like ours, it is monumental in size and the exterior is phenomenal.

I can hear the question, "Is it better than the St. Louis building?"  I can answer that.  The question is like a Buddhist koan - a puzzle designed to make one think.  The answer is properly "mu," meaning that the answer is "Both yes and no," or, "You are asking the wrong question - look bigger."

The true answer is that, given the distance, there is no comparison possible between the two buildings.  It's a bit like an elephant comparing himself to a whale - each is suitable to its own purpose.

As we ate lunch, I was able to reflect on the fact that eventually, Kansas City and St. Louis will be the emanation points of other, more localized churches.  Eventually, our centers will be as ubiquitous as those of the Baptist or Catholic - and even then, there will be no competition - even between denominations.  There are simply too many people, too much help that is required -  we could all work for a thousand years and never be worried about "stealing" each other's parishioners.

The materialists of today present a unified front.  They attack all concepts of religion and spiritual belief, without discrimination.  They are as at home attacking a Baptist's belief in biblical authority as the are in attacking the Catholic concept of the Trinity or the Scientologist's belief in past lives.  It is our responsibility to also present a unified front.  We do not have the billions of dollars in resources that are available to the materialists.  What we do have are the better segment of the population - the awake ones, the ones that want to help their fellow man.  Between money and the living force of beings that are alive, I'll take the power of life force any day.  It remains in our hands to direct that force outward - toward attacking our real enemies and helping our true friends - rather than at each other.

I look forward to seeing our friends from Kansas City and the other churches at the Midwest conference in Chicago this weekend.  May it be the dawn of a new era for all of us.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What's special about tomorrow?

"There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship."  
                                                           Thomas Aquinas

This picture poses several questions.

Let's ignore the questions about the silly hat.

Instead, let's answer this -

Who's the guy getting the hug?

Well, he's a Humanitarian.  And a Patron with Honors.

He's also the guy who helped me recover my relationship with my dad.

When I was a new staff member, one of the first counselling actions that I received was Key to Life.  I distinctly remember modeling various life situations in clay and getting a chance to examine them.

One of the things that I had the opportunity to look at was my relationship with my father.  Not unlike many young adults, I felt beset by difficulties on this front - although he was what I would now describe to be a kind and caring individual, at the time I didn't see things that way.

During this course of counselling, I came to the startling conclusion that my father was not the source of the problems in that relationship.... I was.  This one shift in viewpoint lead directly to my calling him up and reconciling with him completely.  I have no doubt that this one action is a key reason that my daughter has such a relationship with her "papa" that the first thing she does when she gets a new calendar is mark Grandparents Day - even before she marks her own birthday.

And so it is with good reason that I wish Chuck a very happy birthday tomorrow.  I count him as a friend, as I hope that he considers that I am his friend.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A lesson in geography

Let's confront this map.  What is this?


No.... it is not an extended suburb of California.

It is not "corn and nothing more."

Nor is it a way stop on the way to New York.

This is the Midwest.

This is the home of millions of amazing people, who are stereotypically known as caring and friendly people.

This is the home of Neil Armstrong, Walt Disney and Abraham Lincoln.  Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were born here.  Mark Twain plied his trade here.

I've often said that a new civilization will be born here.  My reasons are quite specific.  The people are real.  They see when something needs to be done, and without much fuss, just get it done.  This is an important trait when discussing such things as improving moral standards in society - we have less distance to go here than.... elsewhere.  (Sheila, shop glaring at me.)

We are holding a Midwest Scientology conference on October 1st and 2nd in Chicago.  We will be providing the transportation for all Scientologists who want to go - leaving Saturday mid morning and returning on Sunday evening.  The only cost to you is the cost of the hotel room that night - food, entertainment and transportation are all taken care of.  We will have an opportunity to talk with some of the people who are making Ideal orgs happen around the world, in a beautiful venue over amazing food, and meet some of the parishioners from all corners of the Midwest.

This is an opportunity for St. Louis to arrive in force and demonstrate who we are.

I'd like you to come with me - I think it'll be a great time and these sorts of trips have always produced amazing results.  And, as Mark Twain said, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover."

Let me know that you can attend so I can reserve your seat!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Delmar trivial pursuit

As you know, we've been located in the Delmar building since 1997.  Dozens of people walk in to this building every week to find out more about Scientology.  This is the reason that we are keeping this building and transforming it into an information and community center, rather than selling it.

We will be keeping many of the original fixtures in the building, which are unique.

I've devised this quiz to see how well you know your building:

1.  The building in which the Church of Scientology of St. Louis currently resides was built by what fraternal organization?

A.  The Elks
B.  The Masons
C.  The Knights of Columbus
D.  The Loyal Order of the Water Buffalo

2.   What slogan is clearly visible in large concrete letters on the outside of the building?

A.  "Veni, Vidi, Vici"
B.  "Novus Ordo Seclorum"
C.  "To God and country, home and family, freedom and independence, we dedicate this temple."
D.  "To the great Truths of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity"

3.  What animal stands atop a pillar in our front yard?

A.  A lion
B.  A panther
C.  A very large house cat
D.  Goooooo cardinals!

4.  What is very good about the location of our building?

A.  It is located 50 yards from city hall.
B.  It is located at the head of one of the "Ten best walking streets in America"
C.  It is one block away from Washington University.
D.  All of the above.

5.  True or false:  This building will be the site of the largest Scientology information center on the planet.

6.  The interior and exterior of the building was done in "Egyptian revival style."  This is due to the fact that it was built during the same era that Howard Carter discovered the treasure of Tutankhamun.  What two creatures are worked into the stained glass of the lights inside the building?

A.  The sphinx and eagle
B.  The cat and the sphinx.
C.  The scarab and the snake.
D.  The scarab and the elephant.

7.  Because of recent expansion, we had to turn my office into another courseroom.  As a result, I'm typing this on the third floor.  What substance was used as part of the ceiling treatment in my new office?

A.  Paint
B.  Acoustic tile
C.  Tin
D.  Bamboo from Winnie's yard

Correct answers:

1.  B.  Masonic symbols are imprinted on everything in the building, from the tile on the fireplace to the doorknobs.  Every few years, a large tour of Freemasons comes into the building to look at it.

2.  C.  Nice, huh?

3.  A.

4.  D.  Great spot for an information center.

5.  True.

6.  C.  The scarab was used in ancient Egypt to represent the sun, as well as resurrection or rebirth.

7.  D, of course!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Holding the lantern

Tomorrow is Auditor's day.  What better people to acknowledge than those who not only devoted a few years of their lives to learn how to help others, but who then have the spiritual fortitude to continue to work with people, day in and day out, to make their lives better.

I really like the idea of a holiday that celebrates these people in present time.  It's a different sort of holiday - rather than commemorating a past glory, we are helping to acknowledge people who are heroes now.

I've had a number of great auditors during my 20 years as a staff member.  It is such a gift to be able to look back through the years and recognize that as time has passed, I've become more enthusiastic about living life - more excited about where life is going.

I have a special affinity for my current auditor, Carla.  When we go in session, I know that it is her intention that I do better.  That intention goes a long ways when dealing with things that have bothered me for a very long time.

To quote from Mr. Hubbard, "I think of an auditor as a person with enough guts to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.  This quality is rare and this quality is courageous in the extreme....  If this world has any faintest chance of surviving it will not be because I write, but because auditors can and will think and do... The most decent people I have ever known have been auditors."

Thank you!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A blue bow

"Do you have any questions about the new building?"

(pause) "No..."

"C'mon.  No one is listening.... What do you really want to know?"

(sidelong glance, flushed cheeks)


"Well, I have wanted to know..."

"It's okay, I won't tell anybody."

"Okay, okay!  Look!  Why does it have to be so fancy?!  My first service was done in somebody's basement!  When somebody had to go to the john, everybody had to take a break to let the poor guy into the bathroom.  It was crowded.  And stinky.  And the paint was peeling - but nobody cared."

This question, and a dozen like it, have been asked of me repeatedly over the last few years.  It is an interesting question, and one that is posed by the guys who were there in the beginning - the guys who worked their butts off in the early days to make sure that Scientology would even exist.

Coming from veterans as it does, this question deserves a solid answer.  It is true that our facilities have not always been the prettiest (or, at times, the warmest...) but that hasn't stopped the church from expanding rapidly.  Why do we now devote time and money to create a new church that is so, well... pretty?

I have a few answers for that.  The first is from Mr. Hubbard, who said, "The spirit of Scientology is one of help, a flippancy for the Authorities Who Know Best, a hope of getting onward, the one possible escape from the damnation of this place.... It's an aura of new horizons, a better life, an invitation out of the muck of all the misspent yesterdays.  It's an offer to be born again."

This is exemplified by the Scientology ads, such as this one here.

If you could translate this ad and turn it into a new building, you would have a very clear picture of what our new building should communicate to individuals walking in for the first time.

So... yes, while it is true that many of us began our Scientology experience in less than stellar environments, it is also true that perhaps the environment itself can assist us to achieve our goals even faster.

Finally, there is this question - Do you love your church?  Has it provided answers for you and for those you love?  

Of course, I know the answer to that question.  Since I do, I can then offer this quote from G. K. Chesterton -

"Decoration is not given to hide horrible things; but to decorate things already adorable.  A mother does not give her child a blue bow because he is so ugly without it.  A lover does not give a girl a necklace to hide her neck."

By completing this renovations project, we are all giving something that we love a new blue bow.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Where's the mistletoe?

The temperature finally dipped below 90 degrees.  Is it too early to be thinking about the December holidays?


additional photos by Lisa Johnston at 
Lafayette Square, soon to be home to the new Church of Scientology of Missouri, is holding a Holiday Parlor tour on December 11th, from 10 to 5pm.

The church is now confirmed to be a stop on this tour - we will open the building to the public and allow everyone to see our newly rehabilitated auditorium and front entryway decorated for the holidays.

Please put this date on your calendar now - either as an attendee of the tour, or as a volunteer to help provide holiday refreshments and a special edition of The Way to Happiness.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our soon-to-be neighbors and make new friends.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

No ordinary people

"There are no ordinary people.  You have never talked to a mere mortal.  Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat.  But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors."

C. S. Lewis

Joyously, my staff are amongst the "everlasting splendors" that Lewis mentions.  I would have a hard time finding a better group of people with which to work.

As more people become staff members, I find that they, too, become members of this group in the fullest sense.  For the size of this group, we are able to remain remarkably clique-free.  Yesterday, I was reminded of the fact that most people - even in the non-profit field - deal with cliques, back-biting and "office politics" as part of the normal daily grind that is the result of working with a humanoid group.

 I am very thankful that we count each other as friends, and in some cases, family.  We have come to realize the truth in another statement by C. S. Lewis;

"Friendship is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others."  

Thank you to my staff - you are all my friends and I look forward to our next few years together.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Where's my office?

To celebrate the fact that our auditorium will be complete within a few weeks, I went to the building today and took a few pictures.

"You as human beings can create tomorrow's reality by what you think today or what you believe in today.  If you believed, all of you, hard enough, that there was going to be a monument out here, a hundred feet square and two miles high, to the pioneers of aviation and you all believed there was going to be this and you wanted it to be there and so on, there'd be one there one day, there'd be one there.  That's because you believed it."

L. Ron Hubbard

"With a little imagination, you can see the whole thing done.  You can see the first event in the auditorium, you can see the hundreds of people enjoying the space."

Winnie Berberich, Humanitarian

"Your buildings are both very impressive being historic buildings with incredible architectural character and numerous decorative details and design elements which you will see were picked up and used for the designs...All in all your org has one of the most beautiful designs to date!" 

Laurence Guenat, Senior Designer

"Your office will be over by the wheelbarrow."

 Winnie Berberich, Estates manager

"Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare.  In every case, they are unique, poetic, products of the heart."

Arthur Erickson

"A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral."

Antoine De Saint Exupery

Friday, September 9, 2011

Sunny side up

I received a thank you card yesterday.  It was unusual in that it was addressed to four people.

"Dear Kerry, Fran, Robin and Chad,

"It is almost a year since I completed [auditing].  I feel I am the most stable I have ever been in my life.  I have gotten myself into some pretty gnarly situations but I always knew it would turn out ok.  This is confidence I didn't have before.

Joshua Radin sums up how I feel pretty nicely: 'It's a brand new day, the sun is shining...for the first time in such a long, long time I know I'll be ok.'

Thank you so so so much for helping to get me here.  You guys and all the staff of the St. Louis org are amazing!!"

There are not too many professions at which one could expect to get a letter like that a year after the fact.  School teachers must feel the same way when they recognize a past student who is living a successful life.

This letter also serves to remind me that we are engaged in a group activity.  Auditing does not happen in a vacuum.  Spiritual enlightenment is not an individual pursuit.  Innumerable monasteries, temples and religious retreats were founded on this premise.  While there may be a very few exceptional people who were so spiritually talented that they could achieve spiritual freedom on their own, the rest of us must rely on the support of our dedicated friends to get there.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A measure of security

I saw something spectacular the other night.  As I was leaving the church, I noticed that Cliff Rose had some additional equipment on his van.  At first, I thought it was a ping pong table, but upon closer inspection, I figured out what it was -

Look carefully - it's a solar panel.

Cliff has turned his van into a completely electric vehicle which is one step ahead of most electric vehicles, in fact, in that it could run entirely without electricity generated by burning coal.

How cool is that?!  But, no surprise...  Cliff is cool.  He is an Alumni for the building project, is actively working on his Basics, and rode his bike over 80 miles last year during our "bike-a-thon" fundraiser.

In Handbook for Preclears, Ron says that "self-confidence alone is security."  When viewed against the current world scene, this suddenly becomes very important.  In Cliff's case, he had enough self-confidence to overcome any concern about high gas prices and pollution of the atmosphere by building his own solar-powered vehicle.  Isn't it true that with enough self-confidence and knowledge, we all might be capable of inventing creative solutions to overcome the problems which confront mankind as a whole?

James Schall said in his book, The Order of Things, "The real energy or source of wealth is not, in the end, something finite like coal or oil supplies, but rather, the knowledge of how to use such resources... The ultimate energy, in other words, is the human mind and its capacity to apply what it knows.  In this sense, the human race is not confronted with a resources problem, but a mind problem."

This is the essence of why we must continue to get our technology into use.  It is why we must complete our building project as quickly as we can.  All of the many difficulties that face humanity are "mind problems."  I don't know what form the ultimate solutions to world hunger, global warming, crime or illiteracy will take.  It would be easy to become overwhelmed by the enormity of each of these problems.  However, I do know that if we can increase the self-confidence and knowledge of enough individual people, we will help them to discover and implement solutions to each - reason enough to continue, don't you think?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Strange symbols found on cows.

Guess who showed up for auditing this morning?!

Randy Smith - owner of the mysterious cow brand and purveyor of silly contests - appeared today in St. Louis to start his Grade IV.  As you may recall, Randy decided to be rather cruel regarding this game and created quite a mystery sandwich for many of us.

I felt it was high time he "fessed up."  So, Robin and I beat him up and now - here for all to see - is Randy's brand.

Yes, it is a "ts."  Hmmmm... wonder why no one guessed that.

Kudos to Randy for his spirit of play - I can acknowledge him for that, at least...

Friday, September 2, 2011

Why Chesterton?

"The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore. Heaven may encore the bird who laid an egg. If the human being conceives and brings forth a human child instead of bringing forth a fish, or a bat, or a griffin, the reason may not be that we are fixed in an animal fate without life or purpose. It may be that our little tragedy has touched the gods, that they admire it from their starry galleries, and that at the end of every human drama, man is called again and again before the curtain."

                                                                                                                                 G. K. Chesterton

You may have noticed that I quote from Chesterton quite a bit.  He was a newspaper man, an essayist and author who wrote over 80 books and 4000 essays and articles at the beginning of the 20th century.

At a time when the materialist and Marxist philosophies were very much in vogue, Chesterton very publicly converted to Catholicism.  He enjoyed debates with the popular materialists of the day, including H. G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw.  Regarding materialist philosophy and the idea that evolution stands on its own as the creative force of life, with no other influence, he said, "It is absurd for the Evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing, and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into everything."

Every time I read his works, I am reminded that our fight is not new.  The materialist worldview that entirely discounts the power of the human spirit - that reduces questions of ethics, morals and love to brain chemistry - has been chipping away at mankind's decency, honor and future for 150 years.  Given the vast sums of money and governmental backing available to the practitioners of this philosophy, it is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit that churches and religious groups still  operate at all.  And, perhaps as Chesterton says, "Great truths can only be forgotten and can never be falsified."

Finally, reading Chesterton, I am reminded that we are not alone.  All religious men and women face attacks.  We are, ourselves, dismissed as "old-fashioned," and there is no shortage of efforts to make each of our groups look odd or disingenuous - making it difficult to work together, and making us feel lonely in our pursuit of higher truth.  However, we are all inheritors of a long tradition of intelligent and caring people who have continued to promote the true nature of the human spirit for the last 150 years. From the past, Chesterton urges us onward from a sometimes difficult present and into a brighter future -

"You have not wasted your time; you have helped to save the world.  We are not buffoons, but very desperate men at war with a vast conspiracy."

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Delmar Scroll

"Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." G. K. Chesterton

Winnie was digging in the yard today and came across an ancient scroll buried in a mason jar.  I am reproducing the contents of that scroll here, as they remind me of someone I know.

A hero there was, in days of old -
     who traveled far and wide.
The defeat of a dragon she considered her duty
     its evil she could not abide.

The creature was fierce, with nasty breath
     that made people dumb and blind;
its scales were composed of ignorance
     its teeth were syringes aligned.

With its teeth and its scales and its breath and its claws,
     the dragon stood long undefeated.
And ere it fed off of ignorance,
     no one could see that justice was meted.

Till the hero arose from St. Albansland
     and said she would take on the foe
while people cried it was impossible
    she yet decided to deliver a blow.

A long time she searched for the dragon;
     hard to find as it stayed hidden -
protected by ignorant souls who'd been duped
     and who did as the dragon would bidden.

After looking and questing and searching intrepid,
    to the dragon her fate at last did steer.
The beast sleepily opened an eye,
    and hissed, "Are you sure that you should be here?"

"I am a creature that has always existed,
     they call me by e'ery name.
I've lived long and grown all the while
    and I can win at e'ery game.

"And further you'll find that you have no support
       I'm sure you've encountered blank stares
as you've announced your quest to spread help to others;
     but because of my breath they don't care.

"So go now or succumb, I could hardly care which -
      It's been a time since I've tasted a snack.
I would happily suck your marrow from bones
     and slurp your brains through your skull with a smack."

The hero took this in, she heard every word
    of the boasts of this creature from hell.
Then her sword sang a song as she lifted it high,
   "Now it's my turn, beast!" she yelled.

"You've had years to spread ignorance, pain and disease
      and no doubt you've had some success.
But people are strong and once they've awoken
     you'll find that they're rather pissed."

With that, her sword sung a song never heard
     in all the days the dragon took flight
The song was of truth, unmitigated and bold
     and with it, there shone forth a light.

The people stood up, their eyes now could see
     the devious dragon's devices.
and with that, they helped lift that hideous worm,
     and reduced his body to slices.

Then they cheered, they felt such relief
     to be free from the dragon at last.
And they'll never forget the hero that day
     No matter how much time may pass.

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