What i think it really means is: i'm a teacher. I am a teacher. I teach all the time, as you do and as all of you do-whether we know it or not, whether we take responsibility for it or not. I hold nothing back because i want to see that light go off. I like to see the children say, 'i never thought of that before.' and i think, 'i've got them!'
When i love somebody, i like him to be around; i like him to take me out to dinner; i like to look at the sunset with him. But if not, i love him and i hope he's looking at the same sun i am. Loving someone liberates the lover as well as the beloved. And that kind of love comes with age. Some of this wisdom came to me after i was 50 or 60.
I would ask every man and every woman who's had the blessing of having children, 'would you deny your son or your daughter the ecstasy of finding someone to love?' to love someone takes a lot of courage. So how much more is one challenged when the love is of the same sex and the laws say, 'i forbid you from loving this person'?
I can see in the acorn the oak tree. I see the growth, the rebuilding, the restoring. I see that is the american psyche. There is so much we can draw understanding from. One of the lessons is the development of courage. Because without courage, you can't practice any of the other virtues consistently.