I’m often asked, usually by Shari, why do I do this? Somedays I’m not sure myself, but I think it may be because for many years, though I felt as though I had something to say, I had neither the skill, nor the patience to say it well. I’ve worked very hard to get better at that, and by your responses it would appear that I’m at least making some progress in that direction.
I’m about to post another article, and this one has more hard data (and sources) than usual. I apologize, because I know that can be boring. However, I’m once-again addressing an emotionally-charged topic (like so many others), and I believe we are all better served by dialing back emotions and simply examining available data. We are living in a culture where lately, it seems that the more one “cares” about something, the more they feel compelled to render their “expert” opinion, and the less they are asked to produce genuine evidence in support of their position.
What we end up with are interactions between opposing sides that, while provocative and possibly “entertaining,” are increasingly less productive. This fundamental change is pushing our society off into (at least) two dangerous directions: the first is that more and more, we substitute fear for reason, and second, people are abandoning thinking in favor of feeling because they are no longer challenged to discern the difference between the two.
We live in a great country, and I am both grateful and proud to be here. And though we may disagree on whether it needs to be made great again, we should completely agree that we each have a responsibility to make it better (and greater) everyday. I don’t want what’s best for me. I want what’s best for US, me and my fellow citizens.
This is our country, and our President, and our Congress, our media, our Constitution, our culture, our environment… we are in this together. But if we continue to increasingly view those with whom we disagree with contempt, we will fail, horribly. “My way or No way” is a collective death sentence. I want the United States of America to be truly united, for US to collectively flourish and prosper, and each of these writings is part of my humble effort toward that outcome.