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Nearly two thousand years after the first Messiah was born, there came a new
peace maker. This one however, was born in an age when philosophies were based on
scientific thought, not ancient fables:
And so, It came to pass in the late nineteen hundreds a brilliant etymologist, Dr.
Orville Peace, Ph.D., wed Olive Pound. They married at thirty and at thirty-one Olive
gave birth to a bouncing baby boy. Orville suggested, and Olive agreed, they should
name the boy Warren after his paternal grandfather. The couple doted on the child and
spoiled him with attention. Still, they had other responsibilities and life must go on. Dr.
Orville, a much respected professor, taught at Harvard, while Olive, an efficient mother
and housewife, kept an immaculate home. Each weekday morning, following a healthy
breakfast, she sent her husband off to teach with a farewell kiss.
After clearing away and loading the dishwasher she made it her habit to retire to
the family room to watch the early news before launching into her other chores. During
these viewing sessions, Baby Warren sat on her lap. From the beginning he was
bombarded with the brutality reported by the media. There was a horrendous mix of
road rage, assassinations, domestic violence, gang wars, and savagery occurring in
battles on the international front, The news rocked the child with an unending spectacle
of horrors. From this early beginning, all the killing disturbed Warren as he watched
human beings being exterminated.
Following the news his mother would place him in his playpen while she did her
housework. She left the television on, usually tuned it to PBS. Once , when she
decided maybe the baby would prefer cartoons, she switched channels. Surprisingly
this set Baby Warren to squalling until she switched back to the educational channel.
As he watched the documentaries and teaching programs he was quiet and attentive,
giving her time to complete her housework.
The boy had inherited the best attributes of his parents: his mothers deep blue
eyes, fathers dark hair and the intelligence of both. He began to walk and talk at an
early age and his mother, assuming he had her and her husbands extraordinary IQs,
decided he must also be gifted. At less than a year old she began showing him
children’s books. He spent hours pouring over the pictures and words, making rapid
progress in his desire to learn.
When Olive pointed out her observations to her husband, Orville also became
involved in the improvement project and bought complicated puzzles for the boy to
solve. Amazed by the child’s progress, they sensed they had a genius on their hands.
By the time he reached kindergarten, he was reading and writing at the sixth grade
level, and his parents entered him in a school for gifted children. At six, his father
bought him his first chemistry set and he became an expert at testing the acidity of urine
with its litmus paper. As the years passed, he excelled at everything he studied: math,
science, literature, language, philosophy, including a fascination with psychology and
the workings of the human mind. Though his extraordinary intellect gave him geek
status, he grew up personable and charming and was popular with his peers, girls and
boys alike. Early on, the youngster realized a healthy mind needed a healthy body and
went out of sports. In college he became the Harvard team’s star quarterback and his
brilliant plays carried them to the national championship.
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