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  •  In my family, everything (3+ / 0-)

    was cut-throat competition and hyper-individualism; there was no ethic of helping or inclusion, at all, whatsoever. Same, the social environment at school, and that at church (I came up in a religion, very much, organized on the premise of "in-groups," and less-worthy, less-credible "out-groups.")

    Now, we add in the fact that I reached adulthood during the 80s, the oh-so "lovely" Reagan-Bush era. As never before, powerful interests with ties to the mass media and to Hollywood, were all about reversing humanist-democratic cultural gains of earlier decades.

    My point in relating all this? Well, you look at it one way, I didn't stand a chance. Every last feature of my early developmental experiences, led me down one road. I've chosen another.

    I believe there are many of us. Together, we are reaching out to create something new.

    Thanks for the diary.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 08:09:56 AM PST

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