My core belief is that I have no excuse not to unconditionally identify with
all others. I believe in an expansive sense of self–that nurturing larger
ideas of who I am embodies a universal, inclusive spirituality. I believe
that any organization deliberately fostering a narrow sense of self, such as
a religion, nation, or corporation, exclusive of others, is a threat to
humanity’s survival. Hence, I believe in the centralization of power in
individuals rather than in the power of millions placed in the hands of a
few politicians, priests, or plutocrats.
Holding to my core belief, I believe in humanity free of self-mystification.
Despite my Jewish monotheistic upbringing, to me God is everything — the
cosmos. I believe that I, as does every human being, have the right to
create a personal image of the Infinite and use that image to focus my heart
and mind in inner devotion. I believe that everyone else’s images of God are
valid if they serve the function of expanding the heart and mind, no matter
what they are named. I also believe that I have the right to refrain from
creating personal images of the Infinite if I so choose.
I believe in the efficacy of the scientific method and in the freedom to
I believe that local and global colloquia are superior to political parties;
establishing communities is superior to enforcing geopolitical borders;
loyalty to principles is superior to nationalism; self-sacrifice is superior
to martyrdom; sexual freedom is superior to abstinence-only indoctrination;
and self-reliance is vastly superior to self-help.
Another way of stating my core belief is to say that something has lasting
value to me only because it is based on the one thing that has eternal
value: the ongoing expansion of my sense of self to include everyone and
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