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I’m going to have to redefine “liberal” and “conservative” for myself

That’s why the internet and especially Twitter are the worst places for this, because you don’t have relationships and people are trying to show how smart they are. They’re trying to show how devoted they are to their team. So the kind of political engagement, the kind of public square that we get from social media, is generally terrible.

Obvious, I know, but the article linked below offers some insight on just why this is and provides hope for being able to come together as Americans to move forward, together, to get out of the messes currently before us.

Jonathan Haidt on the Pandemic and America’s Polarization – The Atlantic

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You don’t need a weather man or an epidemiologist

Word of the day: prognostication

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The new normal can include more friendliness

None of the people waving at me on my walk know I don’t live in their neighborhood.

I don’t think it matters.

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Is today still September 12?

As we go through an indeterminate period of time separated from the normal rhythm of our lives, Americans are going to be forced to consider what’s most important to them. The answer, so far, appears to be family, community, and a sense of decency—whether it’s in the heroism of health-care workers or in the video that your friend shared of some random act of kindness. Our politics and government should reflect that decency in the priorities we set at home and the actions we take abroad.

9/11 No Longer Defines Our World – The Atlantic

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Metering the good for those still on the way

Not everyone’s ready for it just yet, I know, but maybe if I’m gentle and drop just tiny, attentive bits for now, we can find space, little pockets of time and effort, slow breaths held just long enough, to allow room near to us for some optimism.

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To the future!