Our enlightened ideals have always been accompanied by a violent streak, like an unholy double helix that is part of America's DNA.
Love gives no one victory in battle; it lifts us above the battlefield.
Whether it's Republicans who don't want you to help anyone—or Democrats who want you to help as many as you can but make sure you don't upset the neoliberal order—take their calls, of course, but be careful not to take their bait.
Now is not the time to lock any doors to either perception or understanding; we should certainly not be discounting ancient sources of knowledge out of hand.
In the richest nation in the world, millions of children are hungry, homeless and showing signs of PTSD. None of this is necessary, and all of it is an indictment of a society on the verge of losing its soul.
If you've been kicking people to the ground for centuries, you owe more to them than merely to stop kicking. You owe it to them to help them get back up.