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Sweet uses of adversity

Re “Choosing what to do with the anger” (Op-ed, Oct. 23): The art of living is the ability to use life’s inevitable adversities in a constructive fashion, exemplified, as Roland Merullo notes in his poignant essay, by the lives of Martin Luther King Jr., Mohandas K. Gandhi, and the Dalai Lama, among others.

It is always possible. Shakespeare’s elder Duke, in “As You Like It,” who had been betrayed and exiled to the Forest of Arden by a jealous younger brother, expresses this when he says:

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