An Experiment in Communication

Wondering how the auspices will read

This inaugural post on this peculiar platform is going to be shorter than the fare I'd normally like to publish. But there are a few housekeeping items I'd like to address right out of the gate. In no particular order:

First, thank you for reading this. I know how busy you are, and I can't imagine all the demands on your attention. So I am eternally grateful that you would give even a small piece of it to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Second, what is this? Well, let's start with what it's not: It's not a self-help newsletter aiming to make you a better person. You know yourself infinitely better than I know you, so I am in no position to tell you how to live. This column is called “The Practice of Kindness" because it is, principally, a mechanism by which I can remind myself how to be more kind in my daily life. If my reminders are useful to you as well, I am happy to have helped in some small way. More specifically, I envision this being a home for meditations on various aspects of kindness at every scale, from the universal (resource justice) to the personal (my life as a parent and partner).

Third, who am I? No one of particular consequence. I'm not a famous anything or an important anything else. I have no particular distinctions on my CV, and I expect these truths to remain true forever. I try to be a good person every day, and that's about it. More prosaically, I'm a white American male in my late 30s in the American Midwest, which grants me enormous amounts of privilege in this country. I hope one day to get the PhD that adorns my various online handles, but have not started that yet.

Finally, let me reiterate the first point: Thank you, sincerely, for reading all this. And if these are the last words you ever read of mine, let them be this: Be as kind to yourself and those around you as you can.

Thanks, friends.