I am a centrist, a moderate, a child of the Enlightenment and a believer in liberal democracy.  Small l.  Small d.  I am equally appalled by the behavior of both ends of the social and political spectrum.   I have spent thousands of hours in my personal and academic study of polarization as an historical American dynamic.  Critical thinking requires one to hold two opposing ideas in one’s mind and seek synthesis.

Stuff gets stuck in my head.  Things I read.  Things I see.  Experiences I have.  I could just walk around mumbling to myself but it’s better if I have to sit down and think it through, 1,000 words at time.  If someone else has to pause and think too, so much the better.  Thinking as a shared experience makes us all better.  Breathe and enjoy.

Jim Blackwood, Jr.

Portland, Oregon USA