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Michael Shammas

Mike writes to figure out—well, to try to figure out—this crazy world. He recently graduated from Harvard Law, where ...

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To transcend meaninglessness, we must lean into it and acknowledge it. For though our rolling of the stones of human experience up the various hills of life may come to nothing, “the struggle itself … is enough to fill a man’s heart.”

As Thomas Jefferson wrote, if we truly desire democracy we must “educate and inform the whole mass of the people,” for “they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”

In the Bible, Jesus is a revolutionary figure, a rebel who questions conventional morality and societal traditions and who stresses mercy over justice.