When deciding on action we can ask a basic but valuable question — will my action add to or diminish suffering? And to be clear, only living creatures, in this case human beings, can suffer. Nations, states, political parties, abstract concepts of freedom — do not suffer. People suffer. Every step I take I want to be toward ending suffering, for real people, and leave my abstractions behind.

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