February 28, 2008
Ex-JDL member urges faith without fanaticism
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Seven chapter subheads outline the way: Marrying Openness and Commitment; Learning That We Can Be Both Victims and Victimizers; Recognizing the Sacredness of All Our Feelings; Making Judgments Without Becoming Judgmental; Finding Unity, Not Forcing Uniformity; When the Whole Is Greater Than the Parts; Learning That You Don't Have to Disconnect Because You Disagree; Talking About Things That Matter Most in the Way That Hurts the Least.
You can call Hirschfield naive, you can call him idealistic, but perhaps his vision is better than the alternative: the screeching diatribes that pass for discourse these days. And we may heed his warning, if it hasn't already come to pass: "Any 'ism,' however well intentioned, however beautiful, when it thinks it has 100 percent of the answers 100 percent of the time, never ends well.'"
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