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The Sochi 2014 Olympics and Human Rights

As a Guinness World Record athlete—who is gay—I have strong feelings about the human rights violations taking place against members of the LGBT community in Russia and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Read More

To vie for universal

To vie for universal acceptance isn't rational. My mom taught me that you can't be everyone's friend nor will everyone be yours. Sure, hating people and encouraging violence is wicked, but you can't change minds. People will always have prejudiced viewpoints. Its a result of individuality. If someone doesn't like something I do say or think, I'm not interested in changing their minds. That's a waste of energy. I'm more interested in living my life the way I want, regardless of what other people think. The Russian people have a right to govern themselves as they see fit, no matter how wrongheaded it is. No one is going to change them unless they realize a persons personal life is just that; personal. I've known many people, gay straight, atheist, liberals, christian, pagan and everything in between. None of those things determine whether a person is decent. Some were assholes others kind and generous. I leave the jerks as I find them and keep the good ones in my life. There are decent people of every kind, just as there are terrible ones wearing every stripe. Like Dennis Miller says, live life from the inside out. To me that means to be true to oneself above all else.

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Christopher Bergland is a world-class endurance athlete, coach, author, and political activist.

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