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Before Shum, Berkeley

John and JentriBefore the Land of Shum, there was Berkeley. Although I spent eight years in the very center of the political events people associate with Berkeley, and I was, indeed, busted, threatened, divorced and unfairly maneuvered out of grad school because of that participation, I never saw myself as a political person. The issues to me were never political, but moral, and what my intense religiosity turned into when my religion turned on me was morality. I am not speaking of morality in the way the preachers use it, revolving largely around issues of sex and the proper place of women, but morality in the wider sense of what we are obliged to do as compassionate human beings–morality in the sense that Christ would have meant it had he ever used that word.

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