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A nice compliment, Michael, but you’re really learning from what’s happening in the world. We can only learn when we finally begin to see past what we were always told was the only truth, when we begin to think we have the right to question, when we actually start doing that as a result of our confusion given the circumstances and conditions that we cannot blind ourselves to without feeling guilty and soiled.
I only talk about what is obviously present in our world and is known to most folks who just don’t bother saying it, but who can, believe me. I’ve found more political wisdom talking to “the average people” than I’ve ever heard from the “wise men” of the world. And it’s those working people who helped me find my own political and ethical bearings and compass.
I may have shared this quote (really a gender corrected paraphrase) from Camus before, if so, my apologies, but it helps to guide my thinking and makes me realize that none of us are special, none of us hold the truth, none of us should ever think of ourselves as the leaders, just one of the many trying to make it better for all of us.
“If absolute truth belongs to anyone in this world, it certainly does not belong to the person or party that claims to possess it.”