AN “AUSSIE” STORY
Years ago a hardworking man took his family from New York State to Australia to take advantage of a work opportunity there. Part of this man’s family was a handsome young son who had aspirations of joining the circus as a trapeze artist or an actor. This young fellow, biding his time until a circus job or even one as a stagehand came along, worked at the local shipyards which bordered on the worse section of town.
Walking home from work one evening this young man was attacked by five thugs who wanted to rob him. Instead of just giving up his money the young fellow resisted. However they bested him easily and proceeded to beat him to a pulp. They mashed his face with their boots, and kicked and beat his body brutally with clubs, leaving him for dead. When the police happened to find him lying in the road they assumed he was dead and called for the Morgue Wagon.
On the way to the morgue a policeman heard him gasp for air, and they immediately took him to the emergency unit at the hospital. When he was placed on a gurney a nurse remarked to her horror, that this young man no longer had a face. Each eye socket was smashed, his skull, legs, and arms fractured, his nose literally hanging from his face, all is teeth were gone, and his jaw was almost completely torn from his skull.
Although his life was spared, he spent over a year in the hospital. When he finally left, his body may have healed but his face was disgusting to look at. He was no longer the handsome youth that everyone admired.
When the young man started to look for work again he was turned down by everyone just on account of the way he looked. One potential employer suggested to him that he join the freak show at the circus as The Man Who Had No Face. And he did this for a while. He was still rejected by everyone and no one wanted to be seen in his company. He had thoughts of suicide.
This went on for five years. One day he passed a church and sought some solace there. Entering the church he encountered a priest who saw him sobbing while kneeling in a pew. The priest took pity on him and took him to the rectory where they talked at length. The priest was impressed with him to such a degree that he said that he would do everything possible for him that could be done to restore his dignity and life, if the young man would promise to be the best Catholic he could be, and trust in God’s mercy to free him from his torturous life. The young man went to Mass and communion every day, and after thanking God for saving his life, asked God to only give him peace of mind and the grace to be the best man he could ever be in His eyes.
The priest, through his personal contacts was able to secure the services of the best plastic surgeon in Australia. There would be no cost to the young man, as the doctor was the priest’s best friend. The doctor too was so impressed by the young man. Whose outlook now on life, even though he had experienced the worst, was filled with good humor and love. The surgery was a miraculous success. All the best dental work was also done for him.
The young man became everything he promised God he would be. He was also blessed with a wonderful, beautiful wife, many children, and success in an industry which would have been the furthest thing from his mind as a career, if not for the goodness of God and the love of the people who cared for him.
This he acknowledges publicly.
Note: This story has circulated the Internet for many years and has been attributed to Paul Harvey as its writer. According to TruthorFiction.com, this is not a true story (the story originally stated it was about the actor, Mel Gibson, and inspired the movie he directed, titled, “The Man Without A Face”).
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p. 25 entitled – Your effort to MAKE A POSITIVE SPIN 3/16/2015 – MONDAY – In (the state of the writer) such a state (of mind, like today) there’s a resistance by a “happier J” (the ACCEPTABLE J) to not (25) write because the writing will be negatively oriented, which this is: The diary (is) clearly an “ego(is)tic effort to conquer being housebound: the effort IS an effort & “the negative side,” so to speak, has as much “right” to express its dis-satisfaction with this diary process as IT has to be disgusted with almost 60 years of the process of getting out of the house & DOING the best American dream possible. So, there’s the anti-Diary Sentiment, which is just what it is – not life affirming & not wanting additional energy spent in “striving” to be a better person, to overcome obstacles & please parents & society, who are bound to denigrate the negative side. How CAN you integrate ME (I AM ? who is just being “fair” & writing down this account. – (2) just feel like I am body/hand – writing this down, not formulating it. – How’s that for dissociation.) when the only purpose “I” sense about this so-called integration is a further suppression or “forcing to go along” attitude. You can talk a good game about the value of psychosis & the dropping of the desire to get better (which is really just a veiled attempt to bury that which hates this society & the way 10000s of yrs. of human history (has been) forcing misery & torture on the weak & disenfranchised, as well as destroying what once was a relatively dangerous, but natural, rustic setting (although it’s obviously a “construct,” like a dream). Earth (is) trashed, animals & enemies are tortured daily & you want me to be happy with such a state of affairs, with a continued, dreamily hypnotized exploitation for the collective self-satisfaction of self-called “civilization,” which is really a (the) height of smug, vile activity & double talk. Anyone with slightly open eyes can recognize hell on earth is already here, hell’s getting worse, & humanity is dancing on the edge of a Volcano, watching TV or making great, humanitarian plans to aid the less fortunate by building wells, more building, raping the soil to produce more & all these processes creating more pollutants, discord – all the while convinced that these stellar efforts are making things better – This is NOT so-called progress, sanity or kindness – It’s just trying to perpetuate & further entrench the status quo. 🙂 – Yup! <3
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