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In 1969 I began taking classes at a local university.
In particular I remember a class in "Cosmology and Metaphysics." It was very
disappointing. It was mainly about science and had no real cosmology, much less
metaphysics. The professor was also quite disappointing. I asked him about all the world
problems and what could be done to solve them. He said that humanity would be unlikely to
survive another thirty-five years and there was nothing that anyone could do about it. He
was content to be a professor and watch it all unfold.
This caused a certain activist trend in my nature to revolt. I wanted to
do something. I wasnt content to live in an intellectual ivory tower and watch the
world fall apart. Such motivation led me to the anti-war movement, though I already had an
earlier interest in civil rights, which were both prominent at the time. I became involved
in the anti-war movement and participated in several anti-war protests. The movement in
Colorado wasnt large and so I quickly became a visible leader and helped organize
several protests. The movement in Colorado
wasnt large and so I quickly became a visible leader and helped organize several
I was a member of SDS (Students for a Democratic
Society) that was the largest student anti-war group and was connected to revolutionary
groups of a communist and anarchist bent. I attended SDS national conventions in Austin,
Texas and in Chicago, Illinois in 1969.