CHAPTER 15The End of Unnecessary Suffering

I would like to conclude with a discussion about a future that I know to be possible.

As is often said, you only teach what you need to learn, and so it is my own desire for community, my own sense of isolation and unbelonging, that have driven me into the work that has led to this book. Much of my life has been lived on the margin, outside of community, and so I am first-hand familiar with the toll it takes on a human being. This began so long ago that I have only a dim memory of its ever being any other way. Besides, any explanation I come up with would only be story. In the last ten years I have tiptoed cautiously, even reluctantly, toward fuller membership and belonging to the place where I reside, ...

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