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Man steals money and runs from the law—after leaving behind a fake suicide note.

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Nun grows tired of the convent and runs from the church—after leaving behind a dummy of herself.

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Friendship

Volume XIV, Number 2 | spring 2021

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A fourteenth-century-bc peace treaty recorded on a cuneiform tablet contains an invocation to Mithra, the Indo-Iranian god of the sun as well as of oaths and mutual obligation. In the Roman Empire, Mithras was honored as the god of loyalty to the emperor, while in Indian Vedic texts, he represents friendship and benevolence and, along with the god Varuna, is entrusted with the maintenance of the gods’ essence.

No real friendship without absolute liberty.

—George Sand, 1866

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