My parents never condescended to me. As a child, I always sat at the head of our dinner table. I was always given a lot of responsibility.
Growing up in New York with artist parents - a very liberal environment, where we were always encouraged to challenge the status quo - I think for a long time I confused jingoism with patriotism. And that is a mistake.
I was very driven to act from a very young age, and my parents were not only tolerant of that drive but also encouraging.
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