It occurs to me that I have certain viewpoints that, when expressed negatively, can tend to make certain people angry. Very angry. I wondered, then, if there was a way I could express them positively, and whether they would still make people angry. If so, I want to know why. If what you read here disturbs you or if you feel threatened by it, I ask "Why?" Here goes:
I believe in one humanity, undivided by lines on a map, pigment on skin, belief (or lack of) in a higher power, or any of the myriad reasons people have been coming up with for years to rationalize inflicting cruelty on others. I believe in the power of the human spirit, that it is vast and that we are all connected to it. I believe the earthly expression of the human spirit is that we can think and feel and that we can communicate those thoughts and feelings to each other. I believe in the truth of what I can see, what I can measure, and I trust what others have told me that they have seen or measured. Also, and this is not a contradiction, I believe that there are things in the universe, maybe even places, that transcend our five meager senses and appeal directly to our spiritual selves. These are to be treasured, and unbound by the fact that what we see and what we measure tell us they cannot be.
I believe that there are powerful truths in the stories we tell each other, and in the stories we share together.