We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I actually met Milosz when he was at Berkeley, not long after he got his Nobel. A good friend of mine was his student, and through him I met Milosz several times. I imagine I could say that I "knew" him, but just barely. I was not in his intimate or professional circles, but I did manage to chat with him a few times about his experiences, literature and his work. He was quite remarkable, and no, he did not play the "professional dissident" as did so many "artists" who came to these shores during the Cold War.
I can tell you this: his religious faith and practice was quite genuine--even passionate, but he was not some sort of fanatic about it either. His work, in its humanity, probing intelligence and integrity very accurately reflects the actual man. Of course, he had the status and protection of being a dissident, but still it amazes now that in those days a man like Miloaz could have existed at Berkeley at all, let alone be as celebrated as he was there. One wonders if they would even let him on campus today.