I'm off the internet for the whole weekend, and I just came back to read this. (Since this thread is fourteen hours old, I'm going to go off-topic for a moment without too much fear of derailing it)
Maeve- thank you so much for your kind words. I think you give me far too much credit, mind you :) I just say what I feel, and believe. If that resonates with someone, then wonderful. But the many different perspectives have helped me to see the world more openly, and given me much to think about. I hope that by sharing my perspective, I can do the same for others.
I also love to read your perspective. You are kind, thoughtful, and genuine. I love your twisting in the wind comment above, by the way. It is one of the worst feelings, if you believe you've done something wrong. And one of the best when someone just continues to discuss with you calmly, as though it's just forgotten.
This has actually been a very thoughtful thread - especially considering the video that prompted it. Terry was quite poetic himself, and leaving things to personal reflection.
Gladiator - You always make me feel like I'm doing something right. Oh, and according to this: 'not in your job description?' I think you give yourself too little credit. You share from your beliefs and experiences to help others, and you back down when you think you should be backing down. Not very many people can do that.
So there are my thoughts on this thread and the people posting in it. I enjoyed reading the different thoughts on 'the sword'. Perhaps in the morning, I'll give my opinion on that - though I am often quite divided on the subject.
But right now, I'm off to bed.