Adolph Hitler taught me that governments can be bent to the will of one man through intimidation, fear, propaganda, brutality, and insistence on conformity. So, I am wary of leaders who behave the way Hitler did.
Joseph McCarthy taught me that it is dangerous to question the patriotism of a fellow citizen simply because their beliefs or thinking is different than mine. So I recognize the ease with which my fellow citizens can be manipulated this way and I speak out against it.
Mahatma Gandhi taught me that non-violent protest may be offensive to people who are tolerant of oppression, but it is necessary to prick their conscience from its slumber. So I choose to use the power of words to make oppression apparent.
Susan Anthony taught me that causes for social justice are present in every era. Through her, I have come to realize that bigotry always masquerades as divine will.
Martin Luther King taught me that Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. So, I seek to expose injustice and act against it wherever it exists in the world.
Benito Mussolini taught me that Fascism embraces violence as positive and views political violence, war, and imperialism as beneficial to the rejuvenation of nations. I condemn violence in all its forms, and reject the notion that might makes right.
I may not agree with you, but I honor your right to your beliefs. I may detest your hate-filled speech, but I will oppose anyone who denies you the freedom to speak it. I will always assume that you do not wish me harm because of my beliefs, and that you will extend that dignity to me. If you suffer an injustice, I will take your grievance seriously, and will do everything I can to right the wrong done to you.
I bow to no human being, nor to anything conceived of by another that infringes on my rights. I am free. I recognize no compulsory allegiance to any symbol, cause, or person (living or dead). I believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. I believe that all people are created equal and I vigorously reject racism, bigotry, hatred, prejudice, and all injustice that springs from those evils.
I am an American. What are you?
About this blog.
This blog is a place where many of the confluences of my life can be shared. I am, at the core, a creative person. I approach everything from that basis... whether composing symphonies, playing the cello, being a serial entrepreneur, writing sermons and essays, flying airplanes, or creating software apps. I am deeply passionate about creativity, issues of social justice, and spiritual enrichment. These are fundamental to everything I do. Welcome to my journey!