|[a] Sado Island, Japan|
|[c] Away from home in early spring (Yellow Mountain; Anhui)|
|[d] Exilic wandering|
|[e] Land of loss|
Now consider Michel "Mike" Piguesquin, the longtime coach at his alma mater, a fine Division II football power with visions of "upgrade" that ultimately led to very high expectations. Disappointment with his 7-4 records, season after season, led the athletic director to ease him out and replace him with a younger coach. You know that he was getting "up there," and that he would have to retire in a few years, anyway. You are not "invested" in the decision, so it is only a momentary blip on your consciousness (are you sensing a pattern here?).
"Mike" had this has to say to the reporters from the local newspaper:
|[f] Rationalize, rationalize|
If you do buy it, you are almost certainly wrong (we all are, so don't feel too bad). At the very least, you have used your distance from the situation to avoid coming into contact with anything that makes you too uncomfortable. There are neurobiological issues in these matters that we will be exploring soon enough—this is just the introduction to the series. Suffice it to say that you are letting your frontal cortex do all of the heavy lifting (rationalize, rationalize). Don't let your emotions in (limbic system). That might mean that you must identify with your neighbor, and we all know that we have too much of our own pain to deal with. Rationalize, rationalize.
|[g] Time and pain|
You know exactly what I mean. Now let's start examining this thread of behavior.
|[h] Exilic escape|
 This is fiction, people. These are just examples.
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