• A Statement of Beliefs

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    A Statement of Belief

    This is not a statement of all of my beliefs. That would take forever. This is a statement of some of my beliefs pertaining to humanity.

    I believe in equal opportunity for all human beings.

    I believe in the dignity of the human spirit.

    I believe in men, in women, in straights, in gays, in transgender people, in whites, in blacks, in all other races and gender identities, in children, in adults.

    I believe humans ought to treat each other with dignity.

    I believe in honesty.

    I believe in intellectual pursuit.

    I believe in pluralism.

    I believe in free speech, and that our greatest censors are not the government, but each other.

    I believe in separating ideologies from identities.

    I believe in humanism.

    I believe in the free pursuit of religious experience.

    I believe all people have the capacity for both good and evil, and that they will behave accordingly from time to time in their lives.

    I believe in courage.

    I believe in strength.

    I believe in science even as I believe in the redemptive healing power of myth.

    I believe in choosing one's myths wisely, and I believe in owning one's myths vocally, clearly.

    I believe in respecting others.

    I believe in self-respect.

    I believe in balance.

    I believe in emotions, but I do not believe in prioritizing their mercurial demands over the demands of reason.

    I believe in honor, and that there is an element of self-sacrifice inherent to the term.

    I believe in principle over wealth.

    I believe in positive thinking, in optimism, in a can-do attitude.

    I believe in forming alliances.

    I believe in the judicious application of the words "yes" and "no".

    I believe all humans have the capacity to lead, and that leading sometimes involves standing alone.

    I believe in forbearance.

    I believe in the legal definition of innocent until proven guilty.

    I believe in the fallibility of humans.

    I believe in pursuing the ideal of being a gentle giant.

    I believe there is a better way than this. Show less
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