The Power of Not Knowing
Dan Savage: I've often felt it’s very empowering to acknowledge what you don’t know.
Dan Savage writes the internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column "Savage Love." Savage has been outspoken in his support for gay rights and his hostility for social conservatives. In 2010 he and his husband Terry launched the "It Get Better Project" in response to a rash of suicides among LGBT teenagers. The project encourages gay LGBT adults to record videos for victims of bullying with the simple message that life gets better after high school. Savage is also the author of several books including "The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family."
Humility in the face of the unknown - that was my experience growing up gay and as a Catholic.
My sexuality brought me into conflict with what I had been taught about the way the world worked, who God was and instead of latching onto some other bullshit explanation, instead of finding a religion that didn’t reject my sexuality, but still had a long bill of nonsense goods to sell, I just sort of backed up and said "What we don’t know we don’t know and people who pretend to know what is not known or knowable at this time are lying and making shit up."
You have to be weary of people who claim to know something they cannot know for sure. So I've often felt it’s very empowering to acknowledge what you don’t know and to step back and say well we don’t know that yet. We don’t know that now and so I meet a lot of gay people who went from faiths that rejected them to the faiths that embraced them and I always think that is kind of silly.
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