This practice of sharpening is essentially our search for truth: a truth that will withstand brutal cross-examination. The more self-examination we can bear, the sturdier our own bearing.

Now, this is the scary stuff.  This stuff you only dare discuss with your best friend on a long walk so that you don’t have to look her in the eye.  Or what comes to mind when you stare into the flickering campfire late into the night. But this just may also be the stuff …

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