It seems to me that many people write because they want to be believed. As such, they use a lot of very careful language and avoid saying things that would cause some readers to react with disbelief. Moreover, certain whole topics are avoided, religion especially, in order to avoid seeming like you might be an unreliable source.
Here’s what I have learned: to speak the truth as I understand it now. If my understanding changes, then speak with my new understanding. It is a process of learning and passing on what I learn, it is not a process of lecture by someone professing to be an expert who has all the answers.
I don’t have all the answers, and the answers I have may only be right for me sometimes. You have to decide for yourself if I am speaking in a way that increases your own understanding.
We don’t have the luxury of time to make sure that we properly research the forms and procedures of bringing about a change. This is a transformation which we are undertaking right now, and together. There will be a new social order and it will be better, more perfect than the old one. This is not a violent struggle, this is a movement for peace.
Glenn Greenwald wants to avoid discussion of anything at all “speculative” — that is entirely his free choice. The speculations of the “wingnuts” are different but in some ways similar to my own, and I have explained my own history as a conservative libertarian. We do not find the truth unless we first speculate where it may be found, and search there. If we do not find what we expected, then we change our theories. That is how science works, that is how investigations work, and that is also how religion works. Glenn is a careful lawyer and a good one. He is doing a different job.
Fundamentalists live by the dead word of scripture, with no feeling of the spirit of God within themselves, except perhaps as an angry adversary that commands obedience. They think God is the Devil, and it is they themselves looking in the mirror at themselves, because they are filled with hatred.
They are not my enemies, they are my brothers and sisters too. They are lost down a path that they do not realize is a dead end, a fatal trap. I want them to turn around and walk into the light of love, but I cannot force them. Love is a voluntary act.
There are many of us standing here now. We have been here all the time, and we are waking everyone else up that we can. This is a twelve-alarm fire, you are in danger, you are in a burning building.
Where I stand is sacred ground, Berkeley and San Francisco. These are the places the right wing despises most, because they fear God.