It seems that tensions run sort of high on these forums sometimes, especially lately; and we get in heated (and unnecessary IMHO) debates about Minarchy vs. Anarchy, Christianity vs. Secularism, politics vs. civil disobedience, etc. etc. etc. I think we all tend to take these minor differences in opinion much too personally, almost as if we're innately hardwired to perpetuate conflict and seek out what divides us rather than what unites us. And I strongly suspect that this natural instinct has been exploited by politicos and establishment types in an effort to splinter a movement they see as an increasingly significant threat.
We are all
working for freedom, each of us in his or her own way and to widely differing extents, but the fact that we're working toward a common goal is hard to deny, even when the means we as individuals may choose can diverge. This tendency of each of us to put his or her own stamp or identity onto our movement is the nature of humankind and individuality; hardly
a threat, and in fact a big part of what brought us so much success in the '08 race! If we don't want to be done in by these divergences, we have to bridge them, using the only salve by which all divisions are healed, love.
Do you think it's a coincidence that the most cherished standard of the Ron Paul campaign was a sign highlighting the word "love" inside the word "revolution"? A revolution not
based on love is a revolution doomed to failure. So, at the risk of sounding corny, I just wanted to let you know that, wherever you stand on any of these hot-button issues, and even if we might have exchanged bitter words or harsh sentiments in the past, I love each and every one of you - no exceptions!