By embracing a culture of innovation, demanding a sound mind in a sound body and accepting the challenges and dangers of annual war-like campaigns, the modern NFL comes close to exemplifying the spirit of ancient Athens.
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If history teaches us anything it is that, though our knowledge base and our capacity for empathy has grown exponentially, human nature remains largely unchanged over even great lengths of time.
Exactly 2,500 years ago this year, a war was fought that made the world safe for democracy. It's a fitting tale for Memorial Day, for it reminds us of the eternal debt we owe our warriors.
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