Excerpt from The Journey
I went on this journey to find an image of the human being that I could feel proud of. I wanted to reassure myself of mortal strength, of man's power not only to survive on this earth but to continue growing in stature. I wanted the faith to believe that we can fulfill our role in this evolving universe of which we have been given such awesome glimpses.
We human beings. What haunting words! A tune one knows and can never quite begin and never quite finish. Did they hold a real meaning for me? I was not sure.
The trouble was, I could not match the words with a clear image. Too often I could not see the human being at all, so hidden is he behind masks of political differences, of color, and spurious normalities. Long ago, I had torn those masks - they were cheap in my sight - but the person behind the mask? Had I caught more than a glimpse now and then?
It has not been easy for any of us, lately, to keep the image of man bright. Even in our own minds it has been trampled down, ﬂattened by totalitarian beliefs that we are not aware we hold, torn by the Censors who fatten on our fears; made con forming, normal, animal-like, machinelike, absolute.
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