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Day two of driving across the country. Looking out at the houses and silos that dot the sprawling, browned winter fields in Southern Illinois reminds me of just how different my life has always been from the people who live here. This cannot be...

The Principle of Charity

In philosophy and rhetoric, the principle of charity requires interpreting a speaker’s statements in the most rational way possible and, in the case of any argument, considering its best, strongest possible interpretation Early in my...

You Will Never Know

Every person you meet is fighting a battle you will never know about.

All the more reason to never act or speak with malice. All the more reason to act and speak with kindness and empathy.

Be the one who makes others’ battles a little easier to bear.


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