Home Is Where the Truth Is

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 07:47 By Maya Schenwar, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed | name.

Dear Truthout community,

It feels very natural for me to use the word "community" as I write to you now in hopes that you'll support Truthout, but I think it's worth pausing and asking, what is a community, anyway? I certainly don't have the authoritative answer to that question; if I did, I would probably have written a bestselling book about it and made enough money for Truthout to never have to fundraise again. But what I do know is that every day, we hear from readers who thank us for providing a place they can call home amid the sprawling, soulless expanse of the Internet.

Truthout is a home for people with soul, people who care about the world and where it is heading. It's a place where people of conscience can gather together, ask the questions, search for the solutions and spread the word. Empowered by such a community, we need not descend into hopelessness and resign ourselves to slouching over the dinner table, muttering listlessly about the conservative crazies holding our doomed society hostage. We can arm ourselves with insight and begin to envision a future, together.

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